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Emily Hartridge's boyfriend reveals heart-wrenching way he discovered she'd died

YouTube star Emily Hartridge, 35, died in a tragic e-scooter accident earlier this month

Emily Hartridge's boyfriend reveals heart-wrenching way he discovered she'd died

Emily Hartridge's boyfriend Jake Hazell has spoken about the heart-wrenching way he found out about her fatal electronic scooter accident.

YouTube star Emily, 35, had been on her way to a fertility clinic when she was involved in a collision with a lorry in South London on July 12.

During an appearance on the Lorraine Show on Wednesday, Emily's grieving boyfriend Jake, 26, explained how he found her in the aftermath of the accident.

He said: "She’s always on her phone with her work with social media. She was on the way to the fertility clinic because she was freezing her eggs… her appointment was at 9am and I didn’t hear anything after 9, 10 o’ clock. That’s odd.

Jake Hazell appeared on the Lorraine Show to talk about Emily's tragic death (Image: Ken McKay/ITV/REX)
YouTube star Emily was killed in a tragic scooter accident on July 12 (Image: Getty Images)

"I spoke to Emily’s sisters, they hadn’t heard, she wasn’t at work. So, I thought, ‘she’s just hopefully fallen asleep in the flat’, she sleeps with her aeroplane mode on. so I thought, ‘this is all it is’.

“As I was riding my motorbike back to our flat, I found the accident. That’s unfortunately how we found out.”

Jake also told how he had only just moved in with Emily four days before her death but said he'd 'cherish' that time for ever.

Jake said Emily was on her way for a scan at a fertility clinic on the day of the accident (Image: Instagram)

"It was so weird, I was actually meant to move in the day she passed away, but for one reason or another – which I’m very grateful for, we decided to move in the Monday before, so I had four nights living with Emily, which I’ll cherish forever."

Jake also praised the way Emily spoke about her battles with mental health on her social media platforms in a bid to break down the stigma.

Jake had only just moved into Emily's house when the accident happened (Image: Joe Pepler/REX)

"Emily just had a gift at being able to normalise a very taboo subject. She taught me how to do it as I’ve had my own struggles with mental health. She made it through her Instagram and Youtube really relatable to so many people who would not normally have the voice or confidence to do so… that’s amazing and that’s want we want to continue to do."

He was joined by Emily's sister Charlotte who revealed her tattoo in honour of Emily and represent the four sisters in her family.

Jake was joined on the show by Emily's sister Charlotte Hartridge (Image: Ken McKay/ITV/REX)
Emily's family are now working to set up a charity based on her mental health work (Image: Ken McKay/ITV/REX)

The family are now working to set up a charity in Emily's honour to continue her work on mental health.

Charlotte said: "We have just been overwhelmed with the number of people who have reached out and there is some comfort in that. We always knew how amazing she was but I don’t think she even realised how many people she was helping. We are so proud of her… there is a bit of an Emily-shaped hole now… we were really close, our happiest times were hanging out as sisters. So it’s going to be tough. But it’s tough, Emily’s legacy will live on.”

She added: "Her sister Charlotte added: “It’s still very raw, really early days we haven’t had the funeral yet. It’s difficult, grief is a personal journey. We are a very strong family and we are trying to stick together with Jake. We are ok, in the circumstances. Trying to take the good and the really, really horrible situation. Life has thrown us a pretty rubbish curve-ball that we weren’t expecting. So that’s why we are here, we are trying to follow the path and trust that the universe has a plan, in a way. "

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