Desmond Amofah, better known as YouTuber Etika, disappeared on Wednesday, June 19. Shortly before he vanished, he uploaded an emotional video in which he discussed his recent erratic behavior and his deteriorating mental health. Sadly, police later confirmed his passing, after some of his possessions were found on Manhattan bridge.
Etika was best known for his reaction videos in which he discussed new releases, often from Nintendo. Many YouTubers have taken to social media to pay tribute to Etika, as well as to raise awareness about mental health issues.
Here is a round-up of just some of the tributes to the 29-year-old YouTube star.
The news broke on social media via a tweet from the NYPD, which has since amassed over 2100 comments, most of them expressing sadness at the news.
We regret to inform that Desmond Amofah aka Etika has been found deceased. https://t.co/sedwZZxglw— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) June 25, 2019
Many other YouTubers, fans, and friends have also taken to social media to send out tributes, condolences, and support to others going through mental health struggles.
PewDiePie posted a short note of condolence, followed by a further post that read: “If you're struggling mentally, speak to someone close or call, you are important,” before listing suicide hotlines for several countries.
Hard to grasp that he's actually gone, left us way too soon.— ƿ૯ωძɿ૯ƿɿ૯ (@pewdiepie) June 25, 2019
You will continue to live on in our hearts.
Rest in peace @Etika
The official YouTube Creators channel also expressed their sadness and, like Pewdiepie, posted some resources for those who need them.
We mourn the loss of Etika, a beloved member of our gaming creator community. All of us at YouTube are sending condolences to his loved ones and fans.— YouTube Creators (@YTCreators) June 25, 2019
YouTuber Joe Weller expressed concern that other content creators may also find themselves in a similar position, as he posted his condolences.
Reading up on what’s happened to Etika... It’s such a hard and painful thing to accept but very real, nonetheless. The position influencers are thrown into can be a ruthless, cruel place and feel very lonely. We need to remember this. Rest in peace, Desmond Amofah— Joe Weller (@joe_weller_) June 26, 2019
Meanwhile, Keemstar, who is known for his drama alert show, talked about Etika’s famous comeback after his original YouTube channel was removed.
He was a great Entertainer. One of the best streamers in the game. He lost a channel of over 800k subs and made a new one and was right back pulling thousands of viewers. Wherever he’s laid to rest I’ll be there. #JOYCONBOYZFOREVER— KEEM 🍿 (@KEEMSTAR) June 25, 2019
He went on to discuss how he felt, having been mentioned in Etika’s emotional final video, as well as his feelings about YouTube removing Etika’s channel. Finally, he mentioned that he had spoken to Etika’s mother and suggested that friends and fans donate to a mental health organization of their choice to honor his memory.
I talked to Etika’s mother. This is her & the family’s wishes. So for Friday Fortnite we will being doing this. pic.twitter.com/T51jtvuwVi— KEEM 🍿 (@KEEMSTAR) June 25, 2019
The most emotional of all the tributes came from Giancarlo Parimango, Etika’s closest friend. His timeline is a journey as he struggles to process the news. He talks about his disbelief, his memories, and the plans they made together. He mentions trying to reach out to Etika in recent weeks and Etika responding by saying that he “wouldn’t hurt himself.”
We've rounded off the tributes with our favorite, this post from Giancarlo:
I remember at my wedding when your mother revealed that we shared the same middle name. “Daniel”— Giancarlo Parimango (@GCPM11) June 26, 2019
Your reaction was hilarious. You almost lost your mind. We had been friends for so many years but only found out then.
I’m going to miss you brother. @Etika pic.twitter.com/Tcash556pt
If you are struggling with your mental health and need support, the International Association For Suicide Prevention has a directory of International crisis centers and support lines.