UPDATE: The NYPD has confirmed that the body they found was Desmond Amofah, aka Etika.
We regret to inform that Desmond Amofah aka Etika has been found deceased. https://t.co/sedwZZxglw— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) June 25, 2019
Gamer and YouTuber Desmond "Etika" Amofah has been missing for six days, and the latest report from the NYPD has sadly confirmed the suspicions of suicide, after identifying a body in the Manhattan's East River.
The popular Nintendo fan live-streamed himself getting arrested in his apartment to over 19,000 viewers nearly two months ago and has since admitted that he suffers from mental illness.
Etika was reported missing six days ago, and his belongings - inclusive of his Nintendo Switch - were found on the Manhattan Bridge on Monday. Prior to that, he had uploaded an eight-minute video on YouTube in which he spoke about suicide.
The gamer's Twitch account has been deleted but his other social media accounts remain visible. Etika, 29, joined YouTube in 2012 and became quite popular through his reviewing of new releases and products, mostly Nintendo games. He has 321,000 followers on Twitter and 252,000 on Instagram.
Have you seen Desmond Amofah aka Etika?— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) June 20, 2019
He was last heard from June 19 at about 8PM by phone. He is 29 years old, approx 6 feet tall, and 160 lbs. He is a known @YouTube blogger and has many people concerned after a recent video. Call @NYPDTips anonymously with info 800-577-TIPS pic.twitter.com/SfaDa2OifJ
Followers had become worried over recent behavior on stream, including his arrest in his apartment after police responded to a suicide threat.
In his latest video - uploaded on June 19 and titled "I'm Sorry" - Etika confirmed he suffers from mental illness and apologized for pushing people away.
“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,” he said. “I really had no intention of killing myself but I’d always push it too far. I guess I am mentally ill.”
He also addressed the dangers of social media and advised caution.
"It can give you an image of what you want your life to be and get blown completely out of proportion," he said. "It consumed me."
The original video has been removed from YouTube but copies have made their way back there through other users.
Today, Kotaku reached out to the NYPD and received this response:
“At approximately 18:18 hours [yesterday], police responded to a 9-11 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.”
Our condolences go out to Desmond's family during this time of grief.
The National Suicide Prevention Hotline contact in the U.S. is 1-800-273-8255.