Emily Hartridge: TV presenter and YouTube star dies in crash

Stars including Davina McCall and Calum Best have paid tribute to TV presenter and YouTuber Emily Hartridge who has been killed in a crash in south London.

She is believed to be the victim of a crash involving an electric scooter and lorry in Battersea on Friday.

A tribute on the 35-year-old’s Instagram page described her as someone who « touched so many lives ».

She had more than 340,000 YouTube subscribers to her channel and a big presence on Twitter and Instagram.

Her channel offered health and lifestyle advice, and she founded the YouTube show ’10 Reasons Why’. She had interviewed A-listers such as Hugh Jackman and Eddie Redmayne.

Hartridge had also fronted a 4OD documentary on turning 30.

A statement on Hartridge’s Instagram page said: « Emily was involved in an accident yesterday and passed away.

« We all loved her to bits and she will never be forgotten. »

McCall said in a response to the post on Instagram announcing the death: « My heart goes out to Emily’s family and friends. Such a shock. Sending you love and prayers. »

Best wrote that it was « so sad and he was so sorry ».

Months prior to her death she had told The Sun of her decision to freeze her eggs and hopes of becoming a mum.

On Thursday she had shared a video of herself with a boyfriend on Instagram.

‘Funny and kind’

A biography on the website of Insanity Group, her management agency, reveals she had a « huge interest in mental health and fitness ».

« Following a very difficult period, she turned her life around, » the bio said.

« One of the positive outcomes of her breakdown » was that it became her « mission to remove the stigma surrounding anxiety and depression », it added.

TV historian Greg Jenner tweeted he was « deeply saddened » by the death.

« I met @emilyhartridge on a train 5 years ago, and by the end of the journey we’d shared all sorts of things about our mental health and insomnia, » he said.

« She was funny, kind, and open-hearted. »

Source: The Guardian

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