Note: The following article contains discussion of themes including suicide that some readers may find upsetting.
YouTube sensation Etika has been found dead in New York City.
The 29-year-old, whose real name was Desmond Amofah, was renowned for his gaming videos on YouTube where he discussed Nintendo releases. He even amassed more than 344,000 followers on Twitter and 314,000 on Instagram.
After one recent 8-minute video, in which he discussed his own suicidal thoughts as well as mental illness, Etika went missing for a number of days.
The NYPD has now confirmed the star's tragic passing in a social media post.
We regret to inform that Desmond Amofah aka Etika has been found deceased. https://t.co/sedwZZxglw- NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) June 25, 2019
Following this heartbreaking news, Etika's legion of fans has taken to Twitter to mourn the beloved YouTuber.
One individual wrote: "RIP ETIKA Long Live a Legend," while another shared: "I'm truly devestated [sic] and tbh I'm just in denial right now. I can't really accept that you're gone. I'll always remember the joy you brought me."
I’m truly devestated and tbh I’m just in denial right now. I can’t really accept that you’re gone. I’ll always remember the joy you brought me. #Etika #ripetika @Etika @lookner pic.twitter.com/Z66E9kG5rr- Nick (@Schmoodle4999) June 25, 2019
The news about Etika is sooooo sad and heartbreaking. Hits close to home....Prayers to the ones struggling.- Katie Spagnola (@katiespagnola_) June 25, 2019
I feel massive sadness. I will never forget what Etika has done for us.- RIP Etika (@IG1719) June 25, 2019
Rest in Peace Etika, I never thought this would happen, I just can’t believe it. I will never forget you, without knowing you helped me when I was going through some hard times. You will always be in my heart. #JOYCONBOYZFOREVER- Ale Bedoya (@AleBedoya0508) June 25, 2019
rest easy etika💙- meme queen ryn (@rynjseu) June 25, 2019
Our thoughts go out to Etika's family, friends and fans.
We would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org), and Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255 or visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
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