Police has been investigating the disappearance of YouTuber Etika for almost a week. Now, the New York Police Department has confirmed on June 25 that he was unfortunately found dead. The YouTuber is popular for playing and reacting to Nintendo games on YouTube and the streaming platform Twitch.
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 gamer, whose real name is Desmond Amofah, went missing last week. According to a tweet from the NYPD, he was last heard from on June 19 at about 8 p.m. by phone.
The NYPD confirmed to the New York Post that the social media star’s body was discovered in the East River near South Street Seaport at 6:20 p.m. on Monday. He was pronounced dead at the scene, and police identified him after his family was notified.
The web star had previously talked about suicide and suffering from a mental illness in his last YouTube video, titled “I’m Sorry.” While the original video is now deleted, reposted versions from other social media users are still floating around online.
“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. “I really had no intention of killing myself but I’d always push it too far. I guess I am mentally ill.”
He also spoke about the dangers of social media in the video.
“[Social media] can give you an image of what you want your life to be and get blown completely out of proportion,” he explained. “It consumed me.”
Details about his tragic passing are still unclear at this time, as this story is still developing…
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, there are many resources available. Please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text Crisis Text Line at 741-741. Both are available 24/7.
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