YOUTUBER Etika would have turned 31 years old on May 12, 2021.
The online personality stunned social media followers when they found out he had suddenly passed away.
Who was Etika and what was his cause of death?
Etika, whose real name was Desmond Daniel Amofah, was best known for posting reaction videos to Nintendo Direct presentations on YouTube.
He had over 145million views on his videos and over 1.3million subscribers on the platform.
Etika also streamed on Twitch and had previously been a model and rapper.
He died on June 19, 2019 after committing suicide on the East River in New York City.
According to the Office of Chief Medical Examiner, the YouTuber was believed to have jumped from the Manhattan Bridge and drowned.
His body was discovered on June 24 along with a backpack and phone believed to have been his.
What did Etika post days before his death?
Etika had allegedly posted concerning content on his YouTube channel, speaking about death and mental health.
Prior to his death, he had shared an apologetic video and admitted to feeling suicidal and battling mental illness.
He said: “I’ve lived an incredible life filled with thrills and happiness.
“Even though I always was an odd ball out, I used that as my strength and brought together an incredible community of insane wild bois just like me.
“God I’ll miss you all so much.”
Adding: “My time ends now, but if there is a way for me to, I’ll send you all as many blessings as I can from the other side.”
YouTube later removed the video for “violating Community Guidelines.”
What did people say about Etika’s death?
On Wednesday, May 12, Etika’s birthday, Twitter users posted tributes to honor his life.
One user wrote: “Today, Desmond Amofah, aka Etika will have turned 31 years old.
“He was and still is my inspiration in life, I’ll never forget all of the great memories + advice you’ve given me, + I’ll never forget you.
“It’s still unreal you’re gone. Rest In Peace Etika~ JOYCON BOYZ FOREVER.”
Another said: “happy birthday @Etika. it still just isnt fair. hope you are still watching.”
A third replied: “Happy Birthday Etika. I wish so f*** badly that you were still around. It was too soon. But the spirit & hype lives on with everyone, I promise.
“Hope you’re having a damn good one up there.”
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.
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