Desmond ‘Etika’ Amofah was a legendary YouTube streamer, he pioneered YouTube Gaming and put the platform on the map with his insanely entertaining streams and loyal fan base. Etika Death was a shock to his family, friends, and fans.
Who is Desmond ‘Etika’ Amofah ?
Desmond Amofah was best known by his online name Etika. He was born on May 12, 1990 and lived in living in Brooklyn, New York City. He started his career as a rapper in 2007 before moving on to streaming on YouTube in July 2012. Etika’s content was primarily personality driven.
People loved watching his over-the-top reactions and also enjoyed his positive and uplifting message. His caring attitude and loving personality got him 145million views on his videos and over 1.3m subscribers on his main channel “EWNetwork” (meaning “Etika World Network”).
He kindly ended every one of his videos by telling fans dub JoyConBoyz [Amofah’s name for his fans] to take care of themselves.
Etika mental illness signs
Back in 2018 people began to notice some troubling behavior from Etika. In October of that year he posted a pornographic video to his YouTube channel which caused it to be terminated.
In April of 2019, he did the same thing on a second channel with the same results. Around that time, he began posting some concerning things on his Twitter account such as: it’s my turn to die.
On April 29th Etica live streamed himself on Instagram being arrested. Later that same week, he would be arrested again this time assaulting a police officer. these events were obviously concerning to Etica’s friends and family, who all tried to reach out to help him.
Etika message on Reddit
When his first channel got deleted from YouTube after he uploaded pornography, Etika posted what apeares to be a sui##dal note on Reddit that reads: “And now, it’s my turn to die. I love you all. Keep fighting for me, ok? I’ll miss yall,”
After the post prompted widespread concern amongst his followers, Etika appologized for worrying everyone: “I’m sorry for worrying all of you, I’m sorry for making you all fear that I was suicidal.” He was subsequently also banned from Twitch for using a
Etika last words
Unfortunately, On June 19th 2019, Etika posted a apologetic video entitled: I’m sorry, in which he talked about his mental health struggles throughout his life. This video had a troubling tone of finality to it, and Desmond disappeared shortly after the video was uploaded.
What happened to Etika
Etika cause of death
Concerns rose when a backpack full of his belongings were found including his cell phone, wallet, and Nintendo switch on the Manhattan Bridge. A few days later, a body was found in Manhattan’s East River, which officials tragically soon confirmed belonged to Desmond.
According to medical examiner, Etika died on June 19th, 2019, after taking his own life on the East River in New York City. He was believed to have jumped from the Manhattan Bridge and drowned. His body was discovered on June 24th, 2019.
Etika’s death caused a shock wave of grief throughout the entire Internet. People from every corner of the web mourned his loss. and to his honor, a mural was painted of him in Brooklyn. and it has become a hot spot for Desmond’s beloved game Pokemon Go.
Take care of yourselves and of course, as usual, please have yourself a damn good one.Etika
To sum it up
As a big fan of Etika myself, I found no better word to conclude this article with except this man’s post on Reddit:
If you ever feel like your life isn’t worth it, remember the pain Etika’s passing brought you, and think about how that pain would be spread to all your loved ones because of your passing.
If you are in a low point in life, remember that life has to get better. Low points exist only because high points exist. Or else life would be some boring, straight line. Life is a beautiful thing and we should be grateful to experience both the highs and lows and learn from it. Mistakes in life (especially when you’re young) help you mold into a wise, humble person in your later ages. People love you, whether you truly believe it or not.
Don’t let depression cloud your mind the way it did Etika’s. Remember this:
Desmond did not kill Desmond. Mental illness killed Desmond.
I wish you all the best. I will always be a JoyConBoy, and these last couple years have been a great experience for me to learn with you all, laugh with you all, and more recently, mourn with you all. As for me, I will continue to learn and growth throughout my life, and I will always remember the lessons not only Etika taught me, but you all as well.
Even when it’s a cloudy day, the sun is still out.