The gaming community is gathered in mourning after the unfortunate news that popular YouTube personality Desmond “Etika” Amofah was found dead. Concern for Amofah grew in the wake of a video he posted suggesting that he’d take his own life, and the NYPD announced they have indeed identified Etika’s body.
Police say Desmond Amofah’s body was recovered from the water Monday night off Pier 16 in Lower Manhattan.
The belongings of the 29-year-old Amofah, who goes by the name “Etika” on YouTube, were also found nearby on the Manhattan Bridge.
He was a well-known YouTube gaming personality who had last been heard from around 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, by phone.
He left a strange video last week, apologizing for “leaving such a stained legacy.”
Via Twitter, friends and fans of Etika have posted their memories with him as the news was stunning for many who recently spent time with him. Our condolences to Etika’s family and loved ones.
If you or anyone you know are combating thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255
We’ve collected responses from Twitter below.
I want us to remember Etika, or Desmond, positively. This was the last photo I took with him. We spent time at his place and made future plans after a game of Smash. His Ridley was great. He talked to me about how he wanted to work harder. Thank you, Desmond. I'll miss you. pic.twitter.com/3hvwn3nCEf— Mystic⁷ #BLM (@MysticDistance) June 25, 2019
I’m speechless, this is actually wild.— hungrybox (@LiquidHbox) June 25, 2019
RIP Etika. I honestly feel that influencer mental health is something that we need to address more often.
This is tragic. https://t.co/g1ByRj05Lj
There’s just no way... Fuck. Nobody wanted to see these words. Rest In Peace Etika, you will never be forgotten. https://t.co/DV2YN6sS3i— shofu (@shofu) June 25, 2019
Wish I coulda talked to you man. RIP Etika— FAZE PAIN (@FaZe_Rain) June 25, 2019
R.I.P. Daniel Desmond "Etika" Amofah 1990-2019 Iceman was one of my favorite YouTubers. I didn't even like reaction channels till I saw his. It's sad that it had to go down this way. His philosophy seemed crazy but he just wanted us to take control of our lives. #Joyconboyz 🖤 pic.twitter.com/BQV4xCRkVH— 魔 (@TheOtakuKing) June 25, 2019
RIP ETIKA— Colin (@IntroSpecktive) June 25, 2019
Circa 2016 when I met you, one of the coolest, most unique people I've ever met. You reacting to my Charizard clip helped a kid with 100 subs get my real start on YT. I'll always be grateful for that. You've been a real homie and I'll miss you forever. Love you man pic.twitter.com/ksKkVMj1Lb
I really wish things didn't end up the way that they did for Etika. He deserved a healthy, happy life. May he find peace. https://t.co/0JBNHbYLHc— Krazy ( Hiatus/Break ) (@SuperKrazyBones) June 25, 2019
This feels so unreal I can’t believe Etika is gone. Never personally met him, but seeing his content and it just make me burst out laughing. I just thought that he was the coolest person..— eU Samsora (@Samsora_) June 25, 2019
It’s hard to believe that he’s just gone.
Etika was kind to me. He was one of the very first YouTubers I watched in 2013. He was loud, contagious, and inviting.— ShadyPenguinn (@Shadypenguinn) June 25, 2019
Let’s really listen to his message. Don’t let social media consume you. Don’t craft the vision of your life before the eyes of online platforms. pic.twitter.com/Gwds9Sdqjj