A very sad day for the gaming community: Desmond Amofah, best known as his streamer persona “Etika”, was found dead last night in New York’s East River, with the NYPD confirming the body was indeed the beloved YouTuber’s earlier today. This tragic discovery comes not only less than a week after Etika was reported missing, but also after a recorded suicide message was posted to his YouTube channel. While now deleted, said video and its accompanying description were archived by concerned fans — both entail his regrets of “betraying” fans and his desire for YouTube to “become a better place.”
Famed for his wild reaction videos — most notably his ecstasy at Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U‘s Mewtwo DLC, which was acknowledged by game director Masahiro Sakurai himself — Etika’s well-being came under public question over the past year: as documented by Heavy and The Verge, the popular streamer repeatedly fell victim to mental breakdowns via suicide threats and police stand-offs (including an incident where he assaulted an officer). This chaotic cycle of hoaxes and threats, brief mental hospital check-ins, and public encouragement/dismissals all muffled what were cries not for attention, but help.
Hey Poor Player’s thoughts lie with Etika’s family, friends, and fans today, and we implore readers to honor his memory by sharing their favorite Etika memories in the comments below. We also hope this tragedy encourages readers who may be subject to similar mental health conditions or suicide ideations to reach out to their local crisis center.