YouTuber Etika, 29, Found Dead After He Was Reported Missing Last Week
Popular YouTuber Desmond Amofah, known as Etika, was found dead in New York City on Monday, according to the NYPD. He was 29.
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The New York Post says his body was pulled from the East River at 6:20 p.m., and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The medical examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
The gamer, whose YouTube account had 130,000 followers, was reported missing last week, and his personal belongings were later found on the Manhattan Bridge. He was last heard from via phone on June 19 around 8 p.m.
Fans became concerned after Etika posted a now-deleted video about suicide and fame.
According to The New York Post he said, in part, “I'm sorry for leaving such a stained legacy. 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.”
He continued, “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. I really had no intention of killing myself but I would always push it too far. I guess I am mentally ill.”
The star added, “Let my story be one that advises caution on too much of the social media s–t, man. 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.”