Gone too soon. Desmond Amofah, a well-known YouTube star also known as Etika, was found dead less than a week after he went missing, the NYPD revealed on June 25. Now, the popular gaming personality’s cause of death has been revealed as drowning by suicide. On Wednesday, June 26, the medical examiner confirmed the news.
Prior to his tragic passing at only 29-years-old, Desmond uploaded a since-deleted video to YouTube titled “I’m Sorry,” where he opened up about his mental struggles as he walked around New York. His body was later recovered from the East River, where Etika was seen walking toward in his final video. Police previously found his cell phone, Nintendo Switch console and his identification on the Manhattan Bridge while searching the area for clues on his whereabouts.
In his last video, Desmond discusses his suicidal thoughts and apologizes to his fans. “I’m sorry for leaving such a stained legacy. I hope that my story maybe helps to make YouTube a better place in the future where people know boundaries and limits and how far things should go,” he said.
“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. I really had no intention of killing myself but I’d always push it too far. I guess I am mentally ill.”
After hearing the devastating news, several fans have shared their condolences online while talking about the impact he made. “The type of person to bring laughter and happiness into anyone’s life. My deepest condolences to his family and friends I hope you all the best,” one wrote via Twitter.
“I really can’t believe it … Etika, one of my favorite YouTubers is gone,” another tweeted. “He really always made me smile with Smash related content or just Nintendo related. My heart just stings from this … I hope you will find peace now.”
We’re keeping the Amofah family in our thoughts during this tough time.
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