- YouTube Star Etika was confirmed dead on June 25.
- Shortly before disappearing, he had posted a troubling video to his channel.
- YouTube stars, like James Charles and Pewdiepie, are paying tribute to the late gamer.
After disappearing nearly a week ago, YouTube star Etika was found dead. The New York Police Department received a call that a body was found found in the East River. The male, which was later confirmed to be Etika, was pronounced dead on the scene. Etika, who’s real name is Desmond Amofah, gained an audience on YouTube for his reactions to Nintendo products and games. Etika’s disappearance came shortly after he posted a troubling video to his personal YouTube channel called “I’m sorry.” In the video, Etika expressed that he was suffering from mental health issues. He also expressed his desire to make YouTube a better place saying, “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.”
Before the discovery of Etika’s body, his personal belongings, including his backpack, wallet and a Nintendo Switch console were found on the Manhattan Bridge. It is believed that Etika died by suicide, but the NYPD announced an investigation into Etika’s exact cause of death.
Now several members of the YouTube community, include Pewdiepie and James Charles,, are paying tribute to the late video gamer.
Pewdiepie said it was hard to grasp Etika’s death. “Hard to grasp that he’s actually gone, left us way too soon. You will continue to live on in our hearts. Rest in peace @Etika,” he wrote. Pewdiepie also shared the numbers to crisis hotlines.
Beauty vlogger, James Charles also expressed his condolences writing, “RIP Etika. My heart is so so heavy hearing this news. I hope that the community FINALLY realizes that creators are human beings with real, valid feelings. Someone having followers doesn’t excuse cyber-bullying. It’s so easy to be kind to one another,” though the tweet has since been deleted.
YouTube Keemstar also shared his thoughts on Etika’s death writing, “He was a great Entertainer. One of the best streamers in the game. He lost a channel of over 800k subs and made a new one and was right back pulling thousands of viewers. Wherever he’s laid to rest I’ll be there. #JOYCONBOYZFOREVER.”
If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255) or visit their website. The hotline also has an online chat option, or you can text the Crisis Text Line.