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The NYPD has confirmed the death of popular YouTube gamer Desmond "Etika" Amofah whose body was pulled out of the East River on Tuesday morning. He was 29.

Police confirmed the body was the YouTube star who had been missing since June 20.

"We regret to inform that Desmond Amofah aka Etika has been found deceased," a NYPD rep wrote in a tweet on Tuesday.

Police began searching for Amofah after he posted a YouTube video expressing suicidal thoughts. "I'm sorry for leaving such a stained legacy," he said in the video, which has since been removed, according to Variety.

Amofah added: "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."

Fans of Amofah's YouTube channel said he displayed emotional instability in his videos and livestreams which focused on Nintendo games.

One Twitter user wrote, "He wasnt [sic] a stable person dude." While another user wrote, "he literally says in the video he admits he is mentally ill..."

If you or anyone you know is considering suicide, call the 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.

  • Readytochokemothernature

    My heart aches for his family

  • Calikush

    ?Even though I’ve never heard of him.......prayers are up for his family. ????

  • Jordan’s Memory

    This is so sad. He looks so broken and defeated. I can't imagine being in such a dark place where my only out would be death. I hope he is truly at peace and will never experience internal pain again.

  • Cricket404

    I have no words just sympathy.

  • Ghetto Real Name

    Sad for his family. Waits for all of the sucide is selfish and fukk those who commit suicide folks to appear.

  • Reina1718

    This breaks my heart

  • Renee26

    What's he really apologizing for... What sins caught up to him...what was the stain? Did he harm someone or just needed likes to have purpose?

    Imma save my condolences til I have more info

  • http://flcrime.com/ FLCrime

    Very sobering

  • Miss Thang

    I understand his pain.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    RIP.

    Depression is real.

  • MSGREENMINUSTHEENVY

    I know the struggle. So sad.

  • Sushi

    Wow.....I have no words....

  • ShWa

    Really sad, RIP young man.

  • stav

    This is brutal, if only he'd chosen life...RIP young man!

  • ShWa

    This is so true, people make jokes and taunt people without thinking how it affects them it may not trigger them at that moment, but it may down the line when they are alone and thinking about stuff and they lose it, please stop the bullying.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    So I'm watching the video. What is he referring to? Does anyone know? He keeps saying there are consequences to his actions...just curious.

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    I was just reading about this. So young...

  • Alextra Ballard

    I hope he Is finally at peace....

  • Karen Brady

    Never heard of him but rest in peace young man. I'm sorry you were so troubled in just 30 years of life. Life is hard folks. Life can be hard and trying.

  • 9 Mind

    He created a large following among gamers and had a hard time adjusting to fame. Long story short he got banned from several sm platforms for trying too be edgy and couldn't cope with his failure. So sad that these millennial value followers and fame. He was young enough to rebrand himself and return with vengeance.

  • Vegas1989

    This is so sad. I had to stop watching the video due to the fact that these was his last words or thoughts that he shared online instead of a family member or friend....I'm so sorry that this young man took his own life because it got a little rough,,,,My heart goes out to his family

  • TheWildChild

    Read about his last live video the other day and noticed no mention of any family members pleading for his return ? just an exgirlfriend in a tell all interview.

  • Nophace

    Smdh

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    I remember when I was locked up and guys would get a long sentence and start saying they going to kill themselves .. some one would usually make a noose in the shower with the chair for them ... most of the time the suicidal guy would just put the noose around his neck and cry until guards came and took him to suicide watch

  • http://WwwKizzyRock.com Real talk with Kizzy Rock

    This is heart breaking! Their is something that has been done and he wants to protect all involved that's probably why he didn't give details. Then he addressed someone name Christine and followed up saying , two wrongs don't make a right but hey". Did someone cheat on him? Any secrets that were to be released? He took ownership for his short comings which means he was not the "bi+@$ dude he thought he was. He was a child of God who was hurt and broken in this cruel world. He is right, so many people THINK they want fame and fortune and if you don't KNOW God, it will consume you. I pray for his family because he was loved!

  • missmiami305

    Some people are fragile. May he find solace in the afterlife?? https://media1.giphy.com/media/l1J9PVAZTGx0BvSY8/giphy.gif

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Yeah, I looked at a few of his videos and he was definitely a troubled dude. There's a lot of people with mental health issues who probably don't get the treatment they should. Then it just gets worse and worse until they do something extreme one day. This is sad. 29 is way too young to go.

  • Renee26

    Interesting... He spoke like he had already done something unforgivable...not like the suicide was what he was asking for forgiveness for. That's why I asked for more info chile

  • Renee26

    Interesting... He spoke like he had already done something unforgivable...not like the suicide was what he was asking for forgiveness for. That's why I asked for more info chile

  • Renee26

    Exactly

  • Renee26

    Exactly

  • Renee26

    Lordt

  • Renee26

    Lordt

  • Renee26

    Too edgy playing a game.. Was he cursing out the competition??

  • Yup, I said it

    Thats why I can't get into to social media, following type stuff. It exposes me to too many demons and it will make you depressed. I'm sure he had is own issues with mental health but these "followers' will exasperate it. I have never like the term "followers" anyway.

  • TheWildChild

    That's the impression I got too ? wondering what he did that lead up to this. No family was ever mentioned, besides was he really getting paid from whatever it was he did online?

  • Alextra Ballard

    Robert um glad yew made it...thanks for sharing

  • Alextra Ballard

    Yes lawwd...we’ve all had some try’n times

  • KcoolMuziq
  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Me neither

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    AND couple ALL that with the NEED for attention is a recipe for disaster!

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    So true. I wonder how many people have lost their lives by suicide as a direct result of social-media related stuff. I'm sure it's got to be at least a few hundred by now.... if not more. Social media can definitely be both a blessing and a curse.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Wish folks would think about what social media REALLY is instead of being blinded by the fake friends/ followers they amass..
    Being “popular” is not worth what it takes to get there! Folks are willing to sell their souls to have more followers than the next person! Sad days and it is only going to get worse!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Google the fall of Etika?

  • Chicagowise

    This fuse was lit months ago, when the cops literally ripped his door open.

    Back in April, his behavior was so alarming during a live stream, a viewer who lived in another state, called the police to do a wellness check. As a result of that phone call, an army of cops came to his apartment.

    It hasn't been confirmed, but I think his landlord was in the process of evicting him. I believe that pushed him over the edge. Making matters worse, some of his followers were throwing salt in his wounds and pouring gasoline on the fire.

    The day the cops showed up, one followers told him were there were snipers outside. Another demon tried to get him to talk about bombs during the live broadcast. I think they wanted to see him get killed.

    Social media is to the mentally ill, what drugs are to an addict... a recipe for disaster.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Looks like was at first, but YT shut down his channel because of some stuff he did that violated their rules. The newer channel he set up had way less members, so he was probably making a lot less money.

  • Heat2Hot

    I watched his meltdown video this morning and it was so sad. He was actually reading what his followers were posting while the police were trying to get him to open the door. He kept screaming about a revolution. My heart just broke.

  • Bree

    I don't even want to watch the video. These days, you have to take social media with a grain of salt. People will kill you with their tongues! I remember Fantasia mentioning that once. The bible does say: Life and death is in the power of the tongue.

  • Bree

    That's the number reason I got off social media. These days you have to develop a thick skin.

  • http://WwwKizzyRock.com Real talk with Kizzy Rock

    wow!

  • http://WwwKizzyRock.com Real talk with Kizzy Rock

    Oh wow! So sad

  • Chicagowise

    If you're mentally ill, it doesn't matter how thick your skin is, because the issue isn't your "skin," it's your mind. Social media can be a nonstop source of stress, and stress is the last thing a mentally compromised person needs.

  • Chicagowise

    He was unraveling before our eyes.

  • 100milesperhour

    Inviting strangers unsolicited opinions into your home, head & life is so not necessary & avoidable. It's so hard for many to grasp that social media may be needed to a degree, but not essential for life & breath.

  • Bree

    Amen.

  • Bree

    Social media, especially Facebook started out as a networking platform. College students and co workers were the only ones with access. I remember to get my Facebook account, I needed my college email address or work email. I used the former and many of my classmates were able to find me after losing contact because of Hurricane Katrina.

  • Bree

    True. This is why I closed all of my accounts. It got so bad that I was being stalked and harassed.

  • Heat2Hot

    Etika mentions Christine in many of his videos including his last video. She was his ex-girlfriend. You can see her on YT if you do a search for PERSONA 5. She and Etika were gamers. Christine's gamer name is Alice Pika. People are upset with her because on the day that Etika went missing she was live streaming a game. People are requesting that she remove the video. I think people believe that they were still a couple based on his last video but Christine said that she had not seen him since April. There's a lot more to this but right now I need some coffee....

  • Yup, I said it

    Mental illness is rampant. Always has been. Add to that, most people are simple and weak minded. Cults and Svengali have always been a problems because of this. Social media gives the Rasputins and Jim Jones of the world a broader audience to mind fuck. Look at how the election was effected by mind control. The truly strong minded people can see that and avoid social media just because they see how powerful it is. The simple people say,
    "d'is fun."

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I watched her last video. ?

  • Heat2Hot

    Sandy, she said that she hasn't seen him since April but she wants to plan to have his funeral at Barclay's. Did you see that? She just announced this today. Also it's sad that he and his brother were not speaking. At the time of Etika's death they hadn't spoken in a year. He's a graduate student in New Jersey. So sad.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Her behavior in that last video was bizarre. She was more interested in playing her video game. I pray for today's narcissistic generation.

  • abby500

    Yes. Prayers are needed!

  • abby500

    Yup

  • Heat2Hot

    Her behavior was indeed bizarre especially for someone who claims to be a mental health advocate in their profile.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    ??

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Exactly!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    He was streaming Anime porn and got banned from YT. Then he did the same thing on twitxh and got banned from that.
    I was surprised to learn that he was 29 yrs old because he acted like a teenager.

  • 9 Mind
  • Blaque Mahogany

    Thanks for the info!

  • Renee26

    Hmmmm and I bet tons of kids were subscribed to his page... So he knew who his audience was ?

  • ClaireHuxtable

    "Inviting strangers' unsolicited opinions into your home, head & life "
    From what I can tell,most of the people LIVE to see you fall or have something negative happen to you. Very mean-spirited. The Ultimate Dig into human "kindness" all played out live.
    Dumb & dangerous.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Three months from now he probably would have had a totally different viewpoint on his issues. However, he made the problem(s) bigger than his ability to overcome it.
    The Help he needed wasn't on YT or in a game. Yet as he said you can't help a person who doesn't want it.

    I send condolences to his family & friends. A suicide is hard to deal with because you keep wondering if there was anything you could have said or done. Most times there isn't.

  • Malai

    Sandra and then on top of that, they let her know 3 minutes into the video that he was having issues.. she didn’t bother to call right away to check on him smh

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    So he was a pervert

  • Overpower Radio

    If my dad didn't tell me that God wouldn't forgive me if I killed someone or killed myself, I wouldn't be here to comment on this article. I remember being 13 years old crying on my back porch holding a knife at my throat, wishing I could end everything right then and there. It's funny the things he mentions (that failed to elevate him) would actually bring me out of the moment ...thinking about wanting to watch my brothers and sisters grow, looking forward to new music.. I actually thought about those things with the fear of God, of course, being the strongest prevention. You don't know that your suffering is going to end after your body dies. Thinking people are better off without you is apart of that pain I carried, but at some point, after more contemplations of suicide than I can county, I realized that I have to start wanting to be here for myself ...and it wasn't about the song I wanted to live to hear somebody else make, but the songs I wanted to live to create myself ...and it stoped being solely about watching the children in my family grow, but holding on to the belief that I'm destined to grow into a person in a place where I'll be happy. The process wasn't easy. The things that talk you off of the ledge today, might not be stronger than the things of your past that will have you wanting to jump off the ledge tomorrow ...but you have to be patient through that pain, confusion, and darkness in search of the truth, in search of a life where you're strong enough to NOT be the crutch someone leans on to live their lie, and strong free enough to be loving and to allow yourself to be loved. You'll never change your past, and regardless of how heavy the burden of your error is, and what other may think, NONE OF THAT can stop YOU from being a better YOU in the future. That's what you have to know. In ((( God's Grace ))), a man.

  • justlooking

    Glad you are here to re count this. Peace and understanding of oneself can most certainly hold you back.

    One step and one day at a time.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Well he chose that way out. At least he didn't take no one with him! Adios Mustafa!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Have you seen her Instagram page? I think she sells herself... Very trashy chick

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Basically... 29 year old perv

  • Karen Brady

    :-)

  • TransMichelle

    Look people...there are tougher times ahead. Everybody is not going to make it. You'd better get/stay prayed up or whatever you do to try to keep a balance, to gain insight, and get spiritually strong in your life. Many, many will fall by the wayside. People have "tried" to replace God with technology and it's killing them.

  • Trace da Ace

    so if all of these folks saw him being "emotionally unstable"....yet nobody reached out to him??? Nobody checked up on him?? Yet just watched him mentally deteriorate and result to suicide???? THIS IS AMERICA.

  • Let them eat cake

    If there's so called paradise after killing yourself then we all might as well do it. it doesn't work that way though.

  • Renee

    Sure!

  • sunni_daze

    Sure doesn't

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I saw that. Her behavior was bizarre.