YouTube star Desmond 'Etika' Amofah's death ruled suicide after his body was found in New York's East River
The police have confirmed that the death of Youtuber Desmond Amofah was a suicide. It was revealed on Wednesday, June 26, that Desmond, popularly known as Etika, has died. He was 29 years old. His death was ruled a suicide by drowning.
The New York Police Department said that his body was found floating in New York's East River on Tuesday, June 25, half a mile from the place where his belongings were discovered near Manhattan Bridge. He was known for creating Nintendo-centric videos. He had gone missing for days after he posted a cryptic video discussing his suicidal thoughts the previous week.
As MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) had previously reported, a search had been launched after his belongings were found along the side of the Manhattan Bridge on the night of June 22.
The NYPD had first confirmed his disappearance as a missing person's case on June 20. Nearly 36 hours earlier, he had uploaded an emotional eight-minute video to his secondary YouTube channel, stating suicidal thoughts and mental health issues.
He had said: "I'm sorry for leaving such a stained legacy. 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," the YouTuber said in his video. "You know I wasn't suicidal before — I really wasn't. But one thing I didn't realize was that the walls were closing around me so fast. I really had no intention of killing myself but I'd always push it too far. I guess I am mentally ill."
In April, he had live-streamed a standoff with New York police, apparently prompted by multiple erratic tweets, including one that included a picture of himself posing with a gun.
New York police, at the time, had said that Amofah was "threatening suicide in the apartment" and had a history of mental health issues. He was subsequently taken to a hospital in Brooklyn after the incident. Fans have expressed their condolences on social media.