After being reported missing for almost a week, Desmond Amofah has been found dead, the NYPD confirmed on June 25. Details about his death at this time are still unclear. The YouTuber, who goes by Etika, had fans concerned after posting a video threatening suicide. “You know I wasn’t suicidal before — I really wasn’t. But one thing I didn’t realize was that the walls were closing around me so fast,” he said in a now-deleted video on June 19. “I really had no intention of killing myself but I’d always push it too far. I guess I am mentally ill.”
We regret to inform that Desmond Amofah aka Etika has been found deceased. https://t.co/sedwZZxglw
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) June 25, 2019
The 29-year-old had over 130,000 subscribers on YouTube but revealed the weight of fame was a lot. “Let my story be one that advises caution on too much of the social media s–t, man,” he said. “It will f–k you up and give you an image of what you want your life to be and it can get blown completely out of proportion, dog. Unfortunately, it consumed me.”
On June 22, authorities told The Post that they found the gamer’s cell phone, Nintendo Switch console and his identification on the Manhattan Bridge.
Fellow YouTubers and vloggers flooded Twitter upon hearing the tragic news. “Wish I coulda talked to you man. RIP Etika,” Nordan Shat wrote on social media. Gamer ANTi shockingly shared, “Damn my body heat just shot through the roof … Never had someone I was cool with commit suicide. Rest easy [Etika].”
Even people who didn’t know Desmond personally were shaken by the horrific news. “Watched the video [Etika] made before he committed suicide. Horrible news. I didn’t know the guy but just from what I’ve seen he seems to be such a great light. RIP,” FaZe Censor admitted. Juan DeBiedma, who goes by HungryBox, begged for this to be a lesson on the importance of mental health in the online community. “I’m speechless, this is actually wild,” he wrote. “RIP Etika. I honestly feel that influencer mental health is something that we need to address more often. This is tragic.”
Our condolences go out to the Amofah family at this time.
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