Amofah, known across social media as Etika, went missing last week after posting a video detailing his struggles with suicidal ideations.
YouTuber Etika’s death spurs conversation about how viewers react to creators’ mental health struggles
Etika was a larger-than-life YouTube star. Researchers are unsure how that affected his mental health. “We’re only breaking the ice on how social media is affecting teens and adults but those are not influencers we’re studying,” one researcher said.
Hard to grasp that he's actually gone, left us way too soon. You will continue to live on in our hearts. Rest in peace @Etika
Have you seen Desmond Amofah aka Etika? He was last heard from June 19 at about 8PM by phone. He is 29 years old, approx 6 feet tall, and 160 lbs. He is a known @YouTube blogger and has many people concerned after a recent video. Call @NYPDTips anonymously with info 800-577-TIPS
We mourn the loss of Etika, a beloved member of our gaming creator community. All of us at YouTube are sending condolences to his loved ones and fans.
Etika's death is a tragic reminder that we all struggle with mental health. You are not alone. Don't be afraid to ask for help. National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255
Very sad to hear the terrible news of Etika taking his own life. 😔 Please take your own mental health seriously and open up if you’re feeling in a bad place - Getting help is okay and not something that should be shamed. RIP 💙