YouTube star Etika, 29, found dead nearly a week after posting concerning video
YouTube star Etika has died at age 29.
The New York Police Department confirmed that the gaming vlogger, whose real name is Desmond Amofah, was found dead nearly a week after he went missing.
“On Monday, June 24, 2019 … police responded to a 911 call for a person floating in the waters in the vicinity of South Street Seaport,” Detective Sophia Mason told USA TODAY in a statement.
Mason said Amofah was identified Tuesday, and that the medical examiner will determine how he died.
Authorities started a search for Amofah on June 20 after he posted a disturbing video titled “I’m sorry,” which caused fans to worry about his well-being.
“Have you seen Desmond Amofah aka Etika? He was last heard from June 19 at about 8PM by phone,” the NYPD tweeted last week.”He is a known @YouTube blogger and has many people concerned after a recent video.”
In the video, which was later removed for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines, Amofah shared suicidal thoughts, apologized for pushing people away and warned about the dangers of social media.
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The official Twitter page for YouTube Creators called Amofah, who had over 130,000 subscribers on the platform, a “beloved member of our gaming creator community.”
“We mourn the loss of Etika,” the account tweeted. “All of us at YouTube are sending condolences to his loved ones and fans.”
In another tweet, the YouTube Creators account provided the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for others struggling with mental health issues.
If you or someone you know may be struggling with suicidal thoughts you can call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) any time of day or night or chat online at suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
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