Popular YouTuber and gaming streamer Desmond Amofah, known as Etika, was found dead in New York, confirms the NYPD. The 29-year-old hadn’t been heard from since the evening of June 19th and police had put a call out to the public for anyone with information to come forward.
Etika’s disappearance followed him posting a video on YouTube which fans called “concerning” and “worrying.” In the video, the vlogger apologized to fans for “misleading” them and revealed a desire to end his life. His channel and the video have since been taken down by the platform for “violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines.”
Have you seen Desmond Amofah aka Etika?
He was last heard from June 19 at about 8PM by phone. He is 29 years old, approx 6 feet tall, and 160 lbs. He is a known @YouTube blogger and has many people concerned after a recent video. Call @NYPDTips anonymously with info 800-577-TIPS pic.twitter.com/SfaDa2OifJ
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) June 20, 2019
Over the weekend, a police source told CNN that a backpack and phone believed to belong to Etika were found on the Manhattan Bridge in New York City. Police confirmed that his body was found in the East River but no further details have been released.
Fans have taken to Twitter to express sadness and share condolences to Etika’s family over the loss. There have also been messages of hope and calls for the mental health of influencers and other public personalities to be taken seriously.
I’m speechless, this is actually wild.
RIP Etika. I honestly feel that influencer mental health is something that we need to address more often.
This is tragic. https://t.co/g1ByRj05Lj
— hungrybox (@LiquidHbox) June 25, 2019
I’m truly devestated and tbh I’m just in denial right now. I can’t really accept that you’re gone. I’ll always remember the joy you brought me. #Etika #ripetika @Etika @lookner pic.twitter.com/Z66E9kG5rr
— Nick (@Schmoodle4999) June 25, 2019
I want us to remember Etika, or Desmond, positively. This was the last photo I took with him. We spent time at his place and made future plans after a game of Smash. His Ridley was great. He talked to me about how he wanted to work harder. Thank you, Desmond. I’ll miss you. pic.twitter.com/3hvwn3nCEf
— Mystic (@MysticDistance) June 25, 2019
Etika was kind to me. He was one of the very first YouTubers I watched in 2013. He was loud, contagious, and inviting.
Let’s really listen to his message. Don’t let social media consume you. Don’t craft the vision of your life before the eyes of online platforms. pic.twitter.com/Gwds9Sdqjj
— ShadyPenguinn (@Shadypenguinn) June 25, 2019
This feels so unreal I can’t believe Etika is gone. Never personally met him, but seeing his content and it just make me burst out laughing. I just thought that he was the coolest person..
It’s hard to believe that he’s just gone.
— eU Samsora (@Samsora_) June 25, 2019
Mental illness is not a joke, nor is it something you should keep inside. I’ve had my struggles from time to time too. We all do. REACH OUT when it happens, no matter how much you feel you can’t. Nobody is alone in this life.
Rest In Peace, Etika. https://t.co/1t8TujABi0
— cbass (@FaZeCBass) June 25, 2019
If you or someone you know is in need of help, Crisis Services Canada has 24/7 resources and support. If you are in need of immediate assistance, please call 911.