YouTuber Etika Died by Suicide, Medical Examiner Says

By Web Staff

Desmond Amofah, the popular video game YouTuber known as Etika, died by suicide, New York City’s chief medical examiner said.

His body was pulled from the East River on June 24, police said.

Two days later, the Office of Chief Medical Examiner determined that the cause of Amofah’s death was drowning, and the manner was suicide.

Amofah, 29, was last heard from June 19, according to the New York Police Department.

A backpack and phone believed to belong to him were found on the Manhattan Bridge June 23, according to police sources.

He vanished after posting a video to his channel in which he appeared to express suicidal thoughts, prompting concern among his fans. The video has since been removed from his channel.

Amofah had more than 130,000 subscribers on YouTube, where he vlogged about video games.

Youtube Stars Speak Out

Lux @Callux, a Youtube video producer posted on his Twitter: “RIP Etika. We didn’t know each other but I just wanted to say rest in peace. It gets said a lot on social media but I’m gonna say it again. Reach out to someone, anyone, to talk through things. There are always people that care about you.”

Youtuber, Twitch streamer, @Boogie2988, speaks out about Etika’s passing in a video.

Suicide A Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report Vital Signs: Trends in State Suicide Rates on June 8, 2018, revealing that suicide rates have increased by 30 percent since 1999. However, the report points out that there were a variety of factors other than mental health conditions that lead to suicide.

“Suicide rates increased significantly across most states during 1999–2016. Various circumstances contributed to suicides among persons with and without known mental health conditions,” the report stated.

The CNN Wire, Epoch Times reporter Isabel Van Brugen and NTD News staff contributed to this article.