EMILY Hartridge’s devastated boyfriend today paid tribute to the 35-year-old YouTube star killed in Britain’s first ever electric scooter crash.
The TV presenter died on Friday after her scooter crashed with a lorry less than half a mile from her home in Battersea, South London.
Chillingly, Emily staged her own funeral three years before her death after having a “quarter life crisis” for Channel 4 show ‘Oh S***, I’m 30’.
Her boyfriend Jacob Hazell this morning paid tribute to Emily and her family in a tearful Instagram video.
“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,” he 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.
Jacob Hazell, 27
“I wanted to let people know that I’m fine.
“I love you all and I love Emily and I really appreciate all of the support.”
Emily had built up a huge social media following with more than 340,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel.
In her final post just four days before her death she uploaded a video about her “wonderful” relationship with boyfriend Jake, 27.
Just four months ago, she spoke to The Sun about her decision to freeze her eggs and her hopes of becoming a mum.
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A statement on Emily’s Instagram page on Saturday said: “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 xxx.”
Fans and fellow celebrities paid tribute to Emily, originally from Waterlooville, Hants, on social media.
TV legend Davina McCall said: “My heart goes out to Emily’s family and friends. Such a shock. Sending you love and prayers.”
Pal Matt Johnson, a TV host who has worked on ITV’s This Morning, posted on Facebook: “I’m absolutely devastated. RIP Emily.”
Made in Chelsea star Ashley James said: “Sending you all so much love. So devastated.”
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Reality TV regular Calum Best wrote: Jesus Christ no way this is so sad I’m so sorry.”
Emily was pronounced dead at the scene following the collision just after 8.30am on Friday.
Police are appealing for information about the crash and have asked anyone with dash-cam footage to come forward.
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