The star of the YouTube games Desmond Etika Amofah dies at 29 #1 #4 #6 #8 #999 #777 #888

Amofah had struggled with a mental illness and spoke of his discomfort with the Internet's fame.


Daniel Desmond Amofah, a.k.a. Etika, a popular game vlogger with more than 800,000 followers on YouTube, died at 29.

The New York Police Department confirmed on Tuesday that a body found on the afternoon of June 24 has been positively identified as Amofah's. He had been considered missing since June 19, when the authorities found and recovered his belongings, including his cell phone and his identification. His belongings were found after an alarming video entitled "I'm sorry", which Amofah posted on his secondary YouTube channel. In the video, which has already been deleted, he talked about his mental health while walking through Manhattan. He had expressed similar thoughts in previous public statements such as videos and tweets in the past eight months.

While the New York Police Department said it is still investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Amofah, it appeared to have been experiencing mental health problems for some time. Amofah, best known for Nintendo-related content, especially in the Super Smash Bros. fighting game franchise, started posting videos that seemed to suggest suicidal ideation last fall.

In October 2018, he reportedly uploaded pornography to his main YouTube channel without considering the platform's policies, which resulted in the deletion of the contents of his account. After that incident, Amofah posted an erratic video in which he appeared to be showing signs of mental distress and left messages on social networks and Internet communities that alarmed many of his followers about his safety.

Amofah continued to refer to suicidal ideation in publications on platforms such as Reddit and Twitter. In April, he was expelled from the popular live streaming platform Twitch, in which he was also an active creator, after publishing anti-Semitic and homophobic content. Apparently, he reacted to the ban by broadcasting live on Instagram a police response to a call at his residence, where he had allegedly been threatening to self-harm. The police, dressed in riot gear, finally entered his house. It was reported that Amofah was treated in mental health facilities after the October and April incidents.

Amofah joined YouTube in 2012 and quickly made a name for himself by posting reaction videos of humor games. Before his days on YouTube, he worked as a model. His fans referred to themselves as "joycon boyz" after one of Etika's best-known videos about the debut of Nintendo Switch.

In his final video, after being eliminated, Amofah spoke of having rejected the support and being "consumed" by the internet communities. "Let my story be one that advises caution on too much information about social networks," he said. "It will screw you up and give you an image of what you want your life to be. ... Unfortunately, it consumed me. "

Friends of Amofah and members of the gaming and YouTube communities had expressed their concerns in the past about their mental health and repeated those concerns during the week while Amofah was missing.

After the New York police confirmed the death of Amofah, "Etika" became the most popular Twitter theme around the world while his followers lamented. Many of his followers also changed their profile names to "joycon boyz" in homage.

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