Over a million fans have signed a petition to have streamer Desmond "Etika" Amofah buried at YouTube Headquarters.
The popular gamer and YouTuber went missing after uploading a worrying video titled "I'm Sorry" to the platform on June 19. The clip, which was basically a suicide note, showed Etikah apologizing to the persons he pushed away and admitting that he was suffering from mental illness.
The 29-year-old was missing for six days before police found his body in the Manhattan River. His belongings - including his Nintendo Switch - were found on the Manhattan Bridge.
Etika, who became a household name for his reviewing of Nintendo games via YouTube, also streamed on Twitch.
He had streamed himself getting arrested in his apartment after police received a call about a suicide threat back in April, leaving his family, friends, and fans worried over his mental state.
We regret to inform that Desmond Amofah aka Etika has been found deceased. https://t.co/sedwZZxglw— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) June 25, 2019
The YouTuber once requested that he be buried at YouTube Headquarters in San Bruno, California upon his passing, so fans have created a Change.org petition for his wish to be granted. At the time of writing 1,070,420 persons had signed, but the number is rising by the second.
A Change.org petition has also been made with the aim of getting YouTube to reinstate the deceased's original YouTube account. The channel, which was nearing 500,000 followers, was shut down after Etika purposely uploaded pornography amid his struggles.
“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,” Etika claimed in his final video. “I really had no intention of killing myself but I’d always push it too far. I guess I am mentally ill.”
The video was taken down by YouTube but returned through the accounts of various other account owners.
Etika's suicide has sent shockwaves through the gaming and YouTube community, but it's unlikely that any number of signatures will get him buried at the YouTube Headquarters. His account getting restored is more realistic, but YouTube has yet to respond to any of the petitions.
Our sympathies go out to the deceased's family and friends. Rest in peace, Etika.
The National Suicide Prevention Hotline contact in the U.S. is 1-800-273-8255.