YouTubers have paid tribute to Etika(Picture: YouTube)
YouTubers PewDiePie and Keemstar have shared their sadness as it was confirmed by authorities Etika’s body had been found.
The gamer went missing a week ago after posting a worrying video online, now the likes of Pewds and Keemstar have paid tribute to their comrade.
On Tuesday afternoon, New York Police Department confirmed the sad news, that 29-year-old Etika – real name Desmond Amofah – had been found deceased.
The New York Police Department had responded to an emergency call at 6.18pm reporting a body in the water, and police confirmed that the male was pronounced dead on the scene.
‘We regret to inform that Desmond Amofah aka Etika has been found deceased,’ the statement on social media read.
Taking to social media, PewDiePie – real name Felix Kjellberg – shared a post on Twitter admitting it was hard for him to process the news he’d just heard.
‘Hard to grasp that he’s actually gone, left us way too soon,’ the vlogger and streamer wrote.
‘You will continue to live on in our hearts. Rest in peace @Etika.’
Immediately afterwards, he shared the hotline numbers for crisis lines should anyone be needing to talk.
‘If you’re struggling mentally, speak to someone close or call,’ he wrote. ‘You are important!’
Beauty influencer James Charles spoke out online not long after the news broke.
‘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,’ he wrote.
‘Someone having followers doesn’t excuse cyberbullying. It’s so easy to be kind to one another!’
While Keemstar – real name Daniel Keem – shared the last message he received from Etika, which hit him particularly hard.
‘His final words to me… damn this hit me hard,’ he wrote alongside the video.
In it, Etika is smiling as he filmed his message that was: ‘Keemstar, I wish you the best, my n****.’
He added that on his next #FridayFortnite stream they’ll raise money for Etika’s family and funeral costs, before he implored YouTube to reinstate the gamer’s final video.
‘Please @TeamYouTube restore Etika’s “I’m sorry” video,’ he wrote. ‘It’s the mans final words. They should not be deleted!’
Pewds was one of the first to pay tribute to Etika (Picture: YouTube)
Ross O’Donovan AKA @Rubberninja wrote: ‘In light of the news today, I wanted take a moment to tell you all that you’re worth something, even though you may not believe you are.
‘Reach out to people you trust and talk to professionals. You don’t need to suffer alone. Below are the appropriate phone lines you should call.’
Fellow YouTuber Lux weighed in, despite not having met Etika as he added: ‘RIP Etika. We didn’t know each other but I just wanted to say rest in peace. It gets said a lot on social media but I’m gonna say it again. Reach out to someone, anyone, to talk through things. There are always people that care about you.’
The gamer was last heard from on Wednesday, after he posted a video in which he expressed suicidal thoughts.
While this week a phone and a backpack, believed to belong to Etika, were discovered on a bridge in New York, along with the YouTuber’s driving licence, headphone, wallet and a Nintendo Switch.
A week ago the YouTuber – who boasts 239,000 followers on Instagram and 314,0000 on Twitter – posted a worrying eight-minute video, which he deleted after, telling fans he was ‘sorry’, before it was taken down from the site.
‘I’m sorry, yo. I’m sorry I betrayed your trust, I’m sorry I pushed you all away,’ he said the video.
In the video’s description, he added: ‘I mislead so many of you, I manipulated, I lied, I shifted blame… I don’t know what awaits me on the other side, but I’m ready to face it.’
Etika said he’d made a ‘clown’ of himself, and continued: ‘I shouldn’t have pushed so many people away. Now I got nobody. I wasn’t suicidal before, I really wasn’t. But one thing I didn’t realise is 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. I’m not trying to put responsibility on it, I did a lot of wrong too. Everyone’s gotta pay for what they’ve done wrong at some point, everyone’s gotta pay for their sins at some point. I guess mine caught up to me.’
The star said he hoped his story made YouTube a better place, and apologises for leaving a ‘stained legacy’.
His final tweet on his account was a reply to a fan video of him.