Popular Gaming Youtuber Desmond "Etika" Amofah Found Dead in New York City

Popular Gaming Youtuber Desmond "Etika" Amofah Found Dead in New York City

Desmond Amofah was 29.

The New York Police Department has confirmed the dead body discovered in New York City's East River has been identified as Desmond Amofah aka Etika. Amofah was 29.

A cause of death has not been revealed, but Amofah was officially reported missing by the New York City Police Department on June 20. Fans became worried when Amofah uploaded an eight-minute YouTube video on June 19 titled "I'm Sorry" that discussed suicide.

Yesterday, Amofah's belongings were found on the Manhattan Bridge, and a body was discovered later that day.

Amofah was a popular streamer on Twitch who was known for his reaction videos to video game announcements, specifically Nintendo news. Under the username Etika, Amofah has been on YouTube since 2012. Over the years Amofah amassed over 800,000 followers across YouTube and Twitch, and his followers referred to themselves as JoyCon Boyz after the Nintendo Switch controllers.

Amofah also began struggling with his mental health publicly on social media in 2018 when he deleted his YouTube channel. Earlier this year in April, police were called to Amofah's home in New York following what looked like suicide threats from Amofah's Twitter account. Amofah was admitted into a hospital following the incident, and once again in May following an altercation with a security guard.

In a statement to Kotaku, a NYPD representative offered the following statement: "At approximately 18:18 hours [yesterday], police responded to a 9-1-1 call with a person floating in the water in the vicinity of the South Street Seaport in the confines of the 1st Precinct. Upon arrival, officers discovered an unresponsive, unidentified male at that location. The NYPD harbor removed the male to Pier 16, where EMS pronounced him deceased. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death and the investigation is ongoing."

If you are struggling with mental health, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is available 24 hours a day. The website is available here, or by phone at 1-800-273-8255. For international suicide hotlines follow this link.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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