Beloved online comedian Mat George, 26, is remembered by thousands for his viral tweets
Mat George, a 26-year-old comedian known for his viral tweets on everything from Snoop Dogg to cake, died Saturday after being hit by a car in Los Angeles.
Michaela Okland, who co-hosts the “She Rates Dogs” podcast with George, shared the news on Twitter the next day.
“I would prefer that you come here from me rather than from a press article” she tweeted. “Mat was killed in a hit and run last night. I don’t really have any other words at the moment. I wish I could contact anyone who knows him personally, but the news has already been released and I just can’t do it at this time.
Although he did not name George, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that a pedestrian was killed on Saturday after being struck by a white BMW driving east on Beverly Boulevard. The department described the victim as a 26-year-old man from Arizona, which matches George. LAPD is now looking for information about the driver.
“The driver of the white BMW continued to drive east without stopping, providing assistance and / or identifying himself as required by California law,” the LAPD said in a statement. “Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and provided medical attention to the pedestrian. Unfortunately, the pedestrian succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.”
Over the weekend, the news of George’s death inspired a wave of friends and fans – and even those who had just scrolled through his tweets on their timeline. Actress Abby Govindan, who was friends with George, shared her adoration for him on social media after the news broke.
“Mat George was the funniest person I know, funnier than most career comedians”, she tweeted. “I told him that every time we spoke. His career barely started and I was so excited to see him succeed. I am at a loss for words. Rest in peace.”
George’s recent viral tweets included one about his mother meet Snoop Dogg in LA The tweet inspired thousands of responses as to whether the person in the photo was actually Snoop Dogg or just a lookalike.
Another viral tweet included two pictures of George with samurai swords while the “it’s all cake” meme has been doing the trick.
Govindan said the outpouring of support proves how many people George touched in his young life and how charming he was.
“If there’s anything I learned from Mat today, it’s that there really is no limit to the number of friends you can have.” she said in a tweet.
He was also known to cheer enemies in a fun way, which Govindan and others reflected on.
Mostly, fans and friends said they remember him as a really funny guy.
Although he didn’t say much about his American-Indian identity, he did make an occasional joke, including one about his family trying to find him a wife, despite being openly gay.
He also lamented that many on Twitter did not think “Mat George” was an Indian name at all, when in fact it is a common name in Kerala, where he said his family is from.
Okland said she and George recorded a final episode of “She Rates Dogs,” which was due for release on Tuesday. Instead, she’ll hang onto it for now. It won’t be the same without him, she said.
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