YouTube Star Emily Hartridge, 35, Dies in Scooter Accident

By MAYA CHUNG
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YouTube star Emily Hartridge tragically died after being involved in scooter accident on Friday. 

The news was shared to the 35-year-old’s Instagram account on Sunday. 

"This is a horrible thing to have to say over Instagram but we know many of you were expecting to see Emily today and this is the only way to contact you all at once," the post read. "Emily was involved in an accident yesterday and passed away. We all loved her to bits and she will never be forgotten. She has touched so many lives it's hard to imagine things without her. She was a very special person."

The London Metropolitan Police confirmed a woman in her 30s was killed in an accident between a scooter and a truck. According to the press release, she was pronounced dead on the scene.

It was reportedly the first accident involving an electric scooter in Britain. 

YouTube Creators released a statement after Hartridge’s death. 

“We are deeply saddened to learn about the tragic loss of a truly talented British Creator, Emily Hartridge,” they posted on Twitter. “Our thoughts and condolences go out to all of her loved ones and fans."

Hartridge became a YouTube star seven years ago with her funny “Ten Reasons Why” videos on the platform.

Her latest and last video, posted on July 8, amassed 375,000 views. 

In the video, she is jokingly gifted with two electric scooters, but she did later confirm her boyfriend bought her the scooters for her birthday in May.

Hartridge’s boyfriend, Jake Hazell, said he was doing "fine" in a video on his Instagram Monday. 

"Emily was the person who encouraged me to talk about how I was feeling so I just wanted to put a video out here to say thank you and let people know I'm OK," Hazell said.

"Emily has three amazing sisters and two amazing parents and they've been fantastic and I just want to say thank you for all the nice messages I've received. .... I love you all and I love Emily and I really appreciate all of the support."

Friends and fans also took to social media to express their sadness at the news. 

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