Etika – YouTubers Mourn Loss of Gamer

YouTube gamer Desmond Amofah, aka Etika, has passed away, and both fans and fellow creators are mourning the loss on social media.

Etika was a 29-year-old gaming personality with hundreds of thousands of followers on YouTube. Starting in April of 2019, though, his fans started noticing some troubling content on his social media, including apparent suicidal thoughts. He was detained by New York police and evaluated before being released.

Then, on June 19th, Etika released a (now-deleted) video in which he seemed to be saying “goodbye” to his fans and friends. In the description of the shocking video, he wrote:

“The good times however! MAN were they good. I’ve lived an incredible life filled with thrills and happiness […] God I’ll miss you all so much.”

The language of the video upset many of Etika’s followers, and the next day, he was reported missing by NYPD.

Fans held out hope over the weekend that the YouTuber would be found, but those hopes were dashed when Etika’s body was discovered on Tuesday.

Everyone seems heartbroken by the news. YouTube’s Creators Twitter page has posted their condolences, as have James Charles, PewDiePie, Keemstar, and countless others. The few attempts to badmouth or exploit the tragedy have been slammed by the YouTube community, united around a departed friend.

 

YouTube and many of Etika’s followers have used the tragedy as a way to bring awareness to mental health concerns. If you or someone you love is struggling, the National Suicide Prevention hotline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.

 

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