The NYPD first confirmed Amofah’s disappearance as a missing person’s case on June 20th, approximately 36 hours after Amofah uploaded an eight-minute video to his secondary YouTube channel, TR1Iceman, voicing suicidal thoughts.
Amofah, who amassed a massive following through his Nintendo-centric streams and videos on YouTube, has struggled publicly with mental health issues for a long period of time, but his behavior over the last 10 months concerned his fans and the overall YouTube community.
A tweet from the official YouTube Creators account on Tuesday sent condolences to “his loved ones and fans,” adding that the company mourns the loss of Amofah.
Desmond Amofah, a popular YouTube personality known as Etika who created Nintendo-centric videos, was found dead, the New York Police Department said today.
Daniel “Keemstar” Keem tweeted at Amofah asking the YouTube creator to seek help. “Listen man if you can see this right now please let the internet know you are alive,” Keem tweeted. “Yes some people will be mad but trust me way more people will be happy to know you are alive and safe somewhere.
Other members of the community are asking YouTube to reinstate Amofah’s final video, suggesting the company allow the video to remain up alongside numbers for suicide helplines.
Amofah uploaded pornography to his YouTube channel in October 2018, a clear violation of YouTube’s guidelines, commenting it was “time to die” upon his channel being deactivated.
Over the last few days, Twitter became full of testimonials from fans talking about how Amofah’s channel helped them throughout the years and how important he was to the YouTube community.
New York police told Kotaku at the time that Amofah was “threatening suicide in the apartment” and had a history of mental health issues.