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YouTube Star Dead at 35

Emily Hartridge was only 35
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2019 4:40 PM CDT
Emily Hartridge.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – British YouTuber and TV presenter Emily Hartridge died Friday in London when her e-scooter crashed into a truck, CNN reports. The 35-year-old's death was announced on her Instagram page: "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," said the post. "Emily was involved in an accident yesterday and passed away. We all loved her to bits and she will never be forgotten." Hartridge was known for her "10 Reasons Why..." online listicles, which touched on relationships and gender, and wrote about personal matters like her sexuality and being eight years older than her boyfriend.

She also addressed her own mental health issues and apparent recovery: "One of the positive outcomes of her breakdown" was how it inspired her "mission to remove the stigma surrounding anxiety and depression," said her management agency, called Insanity Group, per the BBC. Her final Instagram post addressed a troll who questioned whether she was male because of her muscular body: "I have never adhered to societal norms and I am certainly not going to start now," she wrote. On her YouTube channel, she also interviewed starts like Eddie Redmayne and Hugh Jackman. "She was funny, kind, and open-hearted," said TV historian Greg Jenner, who tweeted that her death left him "deeply saddened." (Read more obituary stories.)

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