Popular YouTuber Etika whose real name is Daniel Desmond Amofah was confirmed dead after he went missing six days ago. Police discovered his body in Manhattan's East River on Tuesday evening. Last week, he had uploaded a video on YouTube which appeared to be a suicide note to many, as he spoke about mental health issues. It was also said that Etika had scheduled the video to go live after his death. YouTube removed the 'I'm Sorry' video on June 20 for violating its terms. However, social media users had saved the original video and shared it on Twitter. Meanwhile, we have compiled five facts about Etika's social media presence.
The 29-year-old is a known gamer and plays and discusses Nintendo games on the video streaming platform. As the news spread, Etika's fans and followers took to social media mourning his death. Etika, Star Youtuber, Found Dead: New York Police Confirms Demise of 29-Year-Old Internet Sensation.
Five Facts From Etika's Life
1. Etika's career
Etika began creating videos on YouTube in 2012. Over a period of seven years, he has over 8,00,000 fans across YouTube and Twitch. He refers to his fans as JoyCon Boyz, after the Nintendo Switch controllers. It was his personality and the way he conducted himself on YouTube that gave him his stardom.
YouTube Creators paid tributes to the late YouTuber:
We mourn the loss of Etika, a beloved member of our gaming creator community. All of us at YouTube are sending condolences to his loved ones and fans.
— YouTube Creators (@YTCreators) June 25, 2019
2. 'I'm Sorry' video
In the 8-minute goodbye video titled 'I'm Sorry', which fans believe is a suicide note, Etika said: "I'm sorry for leaving such a stained legacy. 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. You know I wasn't suicidal before — I really wasn't. But one thing I didn't realise 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. I guess I am mentally ill."
Condolences continue to pour in for Etika
Very sad to hear that the Nintendo community has lost a great person in Etika. Mental health is something that means a lot to us, and it's times like now that we all have to band together and help each other. My thoughts go out to anyone suffering-it will get better I promise <3
— Super Rare Games (@SuperRareGames) June 25, 2019
3. Etika was going through mental health issues
He has had mental health issues in the past. Eight months ago, the New York Police had taken him into custody from his Brooklyn apartment and was committed to the psychiatric ward of a hospital.
4. His social media presence
While Etika's Twitch account has been deleted, his social media platforms, including Twitter and Instagram, remain visible. He has 321,000 followers on Twitter and 252,000 on Instagram.
Etika has truly left a mark on his fans:
R.I.P. Daniel Desmond "Etika" Amofah 1990-2019 Iceman was one of my favorite YouTubers. I didn't even like reaction channels till I saw his. It's sad that it had to go down this way. His philosophy seemed crazy but he just wanted us to take control of our lives. #Joyconboyz 🖤 pic.twitter.com/BQV4xCRkVH
— 魔 (@TheOtakuKing) June 25, 2019
5. Where Etika wants to be buried
Following the confirmation of his death, a video of him speaking about where he wants to be buried has surfaced online. In the video, he says that he wants to be laid to rest outside the main offices of YouTube with a gravestone that bears nothing. After the video was shared widely online, many YouTubers including the likes of PewDiePie and James Charles suggested that his wish should be fulfilled. Many YouTube fans also rallied for the late social media personality.
Watch the video below:
Etika's death has clearly shocked fans and followers. Many thanked him for the times he entertained them. People online are sending thoughts and prayers to their parents including his mother Sabrina. Erika used to pay video tributes to his father, Emmanuel on his channel.