Who is Etika and Is He Missing?

Etika is a popular YouTube streamer, known for his ecstatic reactions to gaming news, especially anything related to Nintendo. He also posts discussion videos about games and other topics, and he created a substantial online fandom.

However, Etika has had a couple of public mental breakdowns since October 2018. After he posted a video that resembled a suicide note on June 19, no one has heard or seen from him since then. After people initially thought he was pulling a publicity stunt, it seems it wasn’t for show as NYPD confirmed they found Etika’s body on June 25.

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Who is Etika?

Born Desmond Amofah on May 12, 1990, in Brooklyn, New York, Etika recently celebrated his 29th birthday. He joined YouTube in July 2012, and before starting his streaming career, he modeled. Etika now has over 660,000 YouTube subscribers, over 320,000 Twitter followers, and more than 248,000 Instagram followers. He is also extremely active on social media. He has a subreddit with almost 7,000 subscribers and a frequently updated Wiki page.

Etika is also known to be unhappy with always living in the public eye. When he posted a video on Twitch using homophobic slurs, his YouTube account was suspended. He has also talked several times about the pressure of keeping up a public appearance.

Etika has had three public mental breakdowns but sought help after the first two. However, after the third one, he chose not to get any advice and began tweeting bizarre quotes. He also blocked his YouTube friends and tweeted an anti-semitic remark and other random off-the-wall things. Feeling worried about Etika, someone called the police to check on him.

Etika recorded his interactions with the police, as they attempted to gain entrance in his apartment but Etika locked them out. Eventually, the recording ends as police cuff him, and then lead him to a hospital, where he is released only a few hours later.

When did Etika go missing?

As of June 19, 2019, Etika has been reported missing and not heard from by his family or friends. He posted a video on YouTube, which was filmed during the day but posted at midnight, June 20, titled “I’m Sorry.” In the video description, he wrote suicidal things, including “I’m sorry I never sought help for myself” and “I’ve lived an incredible life filled with thrills and happiness.”

He also wrote, “As far as we know, there is no life after death. My time ends now, but if there is a way for me too, I’ll send you all as many blessing as I can from the other side.” and ends the post with “now it’s time to go.” YouTube has since removed the video.

However, some, including YouTube star Daniel “Keemstar” Keem, believed this may have been a publicity stunt because new locks were added to his apartment door and his game monitors were no longer in his place. Therefore, people believe he could have retrieved a few things and was hiding out somewhere.

He also had a Twitter interaction where he asked when he should have a mental breakdown, and a fan replied suggesting June 20. Etika then responded and said he would mark the date on his calendar.

The NYPD opened an investigation, and they found his driver’s license, wallet, cell phone, Nintendo Switch, and laptop bag at the Manhattan Bridge on the night of June 19.

Editor’s Note: This article was updated on June 25, 2019, following the news of Etika’s death by suicide.

How to get help: In the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Or text HOME to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor at the free Crisis Text Line.”