Daniel Desmond Amofah, popularly known as Etika is dead, the American YouTube star was found dead by the police after days of going missing.
American YouTube star, who is popularly known for his videos about video games has been found dead at the age of 29.
The death of the popular gaming vlogger with more than 800,000 was confirmed by the New York Police Department on Tuesday.
The police stated that a body found on the evening of June 24 has been positively identified as Amofah’s. He had been considered missing since June 19, when authorities found and recovered his belongings, including his cellphone and identification.
The body of Etika was recovered from the East River Monday night off Pier 16 in Lower Manhattan, and that some of his belongings were retrieved near the Manhattan Bridge, NBC reports.
The NYPD shared the tragic news of Etika’s passing, writing on Twitter:
“We regret to inform that Desmond Amofah aka Etika has been found deceased.”
We regret to inform that Desmond Amofah aka Etika has been found deceased. https://t.co/sedwZZxglw
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) June 25, 2019
Detective Sophia Mason DCPI Spokesperson also shared in statement:
“On Monday, June 24, 2019 at approximately 1818 hours, police responded to a 911 call for a person floating in the waters in the vicinity of South Street Seaport in the confines of the 1st Precinct. Upon arrival, officers discovered an unresponsive, unidentified male at the location.”
“NYPD Harbor removed the male to the Pier 16 where EMS pronounced him deceased. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death and the investigation is ongoing.”
Etika might have committed suicide
Though nothing has been confirmed yet, there are suspicions that Etika might have committed suicide.
His death comes after he had uploaded an eight-minute video in which he included suicidal thoughts. But the video has been removed from YouTube.
His belongings were found following an alarming video titled “I’m Sorry,” which Amofah posted to his secondary YouTube channel. In the video he spoke about his mental health while walking through Manhattan. He had expressed similar thoughts in previous public statements like videos and tweets over the past eight months.
Amofah continued to reference suicidal ideation in posts on platforms like Reddit and Twitter. In April, he was banned from the popular live-streaming platform Twitch, on which he was also an active creator, after posting anti-Semitic and homophobic content. He apparently reacted to the ban by live-streaming on Instagram a police response to a call at his residence, where he had allegedly been threatening self-harm. The police, dressed in riot gear, eventually entered his home. Amofah was reportedly treated at mental health facilities after both the October and April incidents.