YouTube star Emily Hartridge dead at 35

YouTube personality Emily Hartridge died on Friday, July 12, after being involved in an accident in London. She was 35.

“Hi everyone. 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. Emily was involved in an accident yesterday and passed away,” read a statement posted on Hartridge’s Instagram account on Saturday, July 13. “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 xxx."

The London Metropolitan Police said in a press release that its officers responded “to reports of an electric scooter being in collision with a lorry” at 8:36 a.m. in the Wandsworth borough of London. “A woman in her 30s had suffered serious injuries and was sadly pronounced dead at the scene,” the police force said.

Although authorities have not identified the woman by name at the behest of her next of kin, The Guardian reported that she was Hartridge. According to the newspaper, the accident is believed to be Britain’s first fatal one involving an e-scooter.

YouTube Creators released a statement on Twitter in the wake of Hartridge’s death, saying, “We’re deeply saddened to learn about the tragic loss of a truly talented British creator, Emily Hartridge. Our thoughts and condolences go out to all of her loved ones and fans.”

Hartridge started posting videos on YouTube in 2012 and gained popularity with her “Ten Reasons Why” series, in which she discussed topics including sex, relationships and gender. She also spoke candidly about her mental health, sexuality and freezing her eggs, in addition to appearing on the British TV shows Oh S–t I’m 30 and Sketch My Life.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Emily Hartridge attends the Virgin Money Giving Mind Media Awards 2018 at Queen Elizabeth Hall on November 29, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Emily Hartridge attends the Virgin Money Giving Mind Media Awards 2018 at Queen Elizabeth Hall on November 29, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Emily Hartridge attends the Virgin Money Giving Mind Media Awards 2018 at Queen Elizabeth Hall on November 29, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 30: Georgie Spurling, Emily Hartridge and Tessa Maye attend a VIP dinner hosted by Sweaty Betty to celebrate their new Selfridges shop at Hemsley + Hemsley in Selfridges on May 30, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 30: Emily Hartridge attends a VIP dinner hosted by Sweaty Betty to celebrate their new Selfridges shop at Hemsley + Hemsley in Selfridges on May 30, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Emily Hartridge attends the launch of Friendsfest at The Boiler House,The Old Truman Brewery, on September 15, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: Emily Hartridge attends the Kate Spade New York Regent Street store opening on April 21, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Kate Spade New York )
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Emily Hartridge attends the launch of Friendsfest at The Boiler House,The Old Truman Brewery, on September 15, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
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