TV presenter and YouTube star Emily Hartridge dies

Television presenter and Youtuber Emily Hartridge has died following an accident.

Stars including Davina McCall have paid tribute to Ms Hartridge, who reportedly died in an electric scooter crash.

A statement posted on her Instagram account on Saturday confirmed her death.

The message to her 44,000 followers said: "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.

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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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - OCTOBER 30: Emily Hartridge, Ollie Locke and Jessica Hartridge attend Hallowzeen at M Restaurant on October 30, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for M Restaurant)
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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"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."

In a comment below the statement, presenter Davina McCall wrote: "My heart goes out to Emily's family and friends. Such a shock. Sending you love and prayers."

Ms Hartridge, believed to be in her 30s, had more than 340,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel – which featured a weekly show about proving that "everything in the world can be explained with 10 reasons".

In the about section, she wrote: "The main purpose of my channel is to make you laugh and also throw in a bit of honesty because let's be honest (pun intended), life is JUST too short."

The Metropolitan Police would not confirm whether the woman who died after being struck by a lorry while riding an electric scooter on Friday morning was Ms Hartridge.

The victim, said to be in her 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene of that incident in Battersea, south-west London.

The crash happened at Queen's Circus roundabout shortly after 8.30am on Friday.

Several roads were closed while the scene was investigated, including Chelsea Bridge and Nine Elms Lane.

Scooters with electric motors are banned from public roads and pavements in the UK.

Electric scooters can exceed 30mph and are increasingly being used for short journeys in a number of countries, including in many European cities and the US.

Transport for London and Wandsworth Council redesigned Queen's Circus roundabout in 2015.

This trialled the use of raised kerbs and separate traffic lights to keep cyclists and vehicles segregated at junctions, but concerns were raised that the new layout was too complicated.

A cyclist was killed at the roundabout in July last year after being hit by a bin lorry.

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