Desmond Amofah, far better known on YouTube by the handle "Etika," was found dead yesterday in New York City, a week after he had been reported missing.
The social media star was 29 years old.
Etika was last heard from by phone on Wednesday, June 19, at approximately 8 p.m. after he shared a since-deleted cryptic video threatening suicide.
A resident of Brooklyn, Etika was pulled from the East River on Monday, authorities told the public on Tuesday.
According to a Tweet from The New York Police Department, Etika's corpse was retrieved near the South Street Seaport around 6:20 p.m. on Monday evening.
"We regret to inform that Desmond Amofah aka Etika has been found deceased,” the NYPD added online, four days after it had asked for help in locating the 29-year old.
The city medical examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
We can also confirm right now that Etika was pronounced dead at the scene -- and that his personal items, including a cellphone, backpack, Nintendo Switch gaming system and an ID, had been found days earlier on the Manhattan Bridge.
“I’m sorry for leaving such a stained legacy,” the YouTube personality said in a troublesome video last week, which sparked concern from fans and has since been removed from the platform.
He added at the time:
“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.”
The footage continued for eight minutes.
“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. I really had no intention of killing myself but I’d always push it too far,” he added in it.
“I guess I am mentally ill.”
To reiterate: We cannot verify at this moment that Etika did, indeed, kill himself.
But most signs are pointing in that direction.
The social media influencer - who had garnered hundreds of thousands of followers on YouTube, Instagram and Twitter with his video game reviews - also spoke of the dark side of Internet fame in this video.
“Let my story be one that advises caution on too much of the social media sht, man,” he said.
“It will f-ck you up and give you an image of what you want your life to be and it can get blown completely out of proportion, dog. Unfortunately, it consumed me.”
In the wake of this tragedy, fellow YouTubers and vloggers flooded Twitter with their shock and sorrow.
“Wish I coulda talked to you man. RIP Etika,” Nordan Shat wrote, while Gamer ANTi chimed in as follows:
“Damn my body heat just shot through the roof … Never had someone I was cool with commit suicide. Rest easy [Etika].”
We echo this sentiment.
May Etika rest in peace.