Suicide of Etika
NOTE: This page was originally created by HawkeyeSolo from the now closed Atrocious YouTubers Wiki.
Daniel Desmond Amofah (May 12, 1990 – June 19, 2019), known online as Etika, was an American YouTuber, live-streamer and former model, best known for his reactions to various Nintendo products and games.
Disappearance and Death
In the late evening on June 19, 2019, Amofah posted a YouTube video titled "I'm sorry" to his personal YouTube channel TR1Iceman, alluding to his suicidal thoughts as he was walking down New York City streets; in the video he admitted to having mental health issues, struggling with the attention he had been having from streaming, and apologized for pushing people away from him. In the video, Amofah said "I hope that my story maybe helps to make YouTube a better place in the future where people know boundaries and limits and how far things should go." While the video was removed from YouTube for violations of its Community Guidelines, fans reposted the video to other outlets.
He was last heard from at 8 PM that night and was reported missing to the New York Police Department (NYPD) by June 20. On June 22, his belongings were found on the pedestrian walkway of the Manhattan Bridge, including a backpack, wallet, laptop bag, cell phone, a change of clothes, and a Nintendo Switch console. On the evening of June 24, a body was observed near Pier 16, approximately half a mile down the East River from where Etika's belongings were recovered, and reported to the NYPD. By the morning of June 25, NYPD and emergency medical services had recovered the body, confirmed it was Amofah, and that he was deceased by the point of recovery. A day later, it was confirmed the cause of death was suicide by drowning.
While Amofah was missing, fellow streamers and his fans tried to reach out to him to offer their help and show their appreciation of his work over the years. Several fans asked for Amofah's final video to be re-uploaded to YouTube to help memorialize him, and a Change.org petition has been started with over 50,000 signatures asking for his original channel to be restored to preserve his legacy.
This page is dedicated to Etika.