Missing Popular YouTuber Desmond 'Etika' Amofah Found Dead
A popular vlogger was first reported missing nearly a week ago.
In what's become a tragic outcome in the search for Desmond Amofah, the YouTube content creator widely known as Etika, has been found dead, according to a statement from the New York Police Department.
“We regret to inform that Desmond Amofah aka Etika has been found deceased,” the New York Police Department tweeted on Tuesday.
Authorities discovered Amofah's body in the East River after responding to a call about a person floating in the water, a department spokesperson told CBS News.
Concerns were first raised by fans last week after the 29-year-old gaming vlogger posted a troubling eight-minute video on YouTube in which he discussed thoughts of suicide. After several people contacted police, they had initiated a search for the star, who had last been heard from on 8pm Wednesday.
“I’m sorry for leaving such a stained legacy,” he said in the video, which has since been deleted but was reuploaded by others. “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.”
“You know I wasn’t suicidal before -- I really wasn’t. But one thing I didn’t realise 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,” he added. “I guess I am mentally ill.”
He went on to detail the mental toll that social media had taken on his health, saying, “Let my story be one that advises caution on too much of the social media s**t, man,” he said.
He added, “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.”
Since police confirmed the tragic news, friends and fans of the star have paid tribute to him across social media, with some urging YouTube to restore his cryptic final video.
"Please @TeamYouTube restore Etika’s “I’m sorry” video. It’s the mans final words. They should not be deleted!" fellow YouTube gamer Keemstar wrote.
He also added a link to a Change.org petition for the late vlogger to be "buried at YouTube Offices in LA with the headstone 'NoBitchNi**as' with "Anime P***y" playing in the background. Because that was his wishes."
Amofah started streaming on YouTube in 2012 and became popular for his Nintendo-related content and Super Smash Bros. character reveal reaction videos.
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