A 29-year-old YouTube star's sudden death is sparking an outpouring of grief and frustration among his fans and colleagues

Desmond

  • The New York Police Department confirmed on Tuesday
    that YouTube star
    Desmond “Etika” Amofah was found dead
    . He was 29 years
    old.
  • Amofah was reported missing last Wednesday. Prior to
    disappearing, he uploaded a YouTube video, since removed, stating
    suicidal intentions.
  • Across the last year, Amofah demonstrated increasingly
    erratic behavior. Much of that behavior was on public display due
    to his work on YouTube.
  • In the wake of his tragic death, fans and colleagues
    are sharing an outpouring of grief and caution.
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YouTube star Desmond “Etika” Amofah was
found dead
, the New York Police Department confirmed on
Tuesday. He was 29 years old.

Amofah rose to prominence in the YouTube world through video
games, and he counted prominent figures like Dominique “SonicFox”
McLean among his colleagues. 

In the wake of Amofah’s death, his fans and colleagues are
mourning. 

Desmond

“Rest well Etika,” McLean
said
. “This is such a heartbreaking thing to see. People don’t
understand how important mental health is, especially when you
reach that level of popularity. It’s insanely hard to feel treated
like a human being at that level, and I wish he had got the help he
needed.”

Amofah was reported missing last Wednesday following the release
of a video he made where he spoke about suicidal thoughts. The
video has since been removed.

Across the past year, Amofah was involved in a handful of
high-profile incidents: His YouTube channel was banned for
streaming pornographic content, and he
streamed himself being detained by the Brooklyn Police
after
threatening self-harm.

His death is sparking conversation about social media voyeurism
when mental health issues are involved:

Also any of his “fans” who encouraged and
enabled this behavior instead of pushing him to seek help should be
ashamed. I saw way too much mixed messaging from people that egged
him on. This isn’t a meme, this is real life, this was somebody’s
son

— Max Ketchum (@MaxKetchum_)
June 25, 2019

And meanwhile half the world was just
posting 🤡 🤡🤡🤡 on all of his stuff to troll him whenever
he was posting content indicating a CLEARLY unstable behavior.

On his tweets, on his stream, on EVERYTHING.

Don’t you see what social media can do?

Was it worth the laughs now?

— hungrybox (@LiquidHbox)
June 25, 2019

It makes me angry to see the hypocrisy of
people who posted memes, and made fun of Etika’s extreme lows in
social media instead of being there for him during his episodes,
just to turn around and act like y’all were there.

There’s a special place for people like you.

— Tempo ZeRo (@zerowondering)
June 25, 2019

And it’s also calling into question the responsibility of the
platform to its creators:

This Etika story made me reevaluate social
media this week.

None of this story is pretty. We watched a young man thrust into
the public eye several times, saw the toll it took on him, and
continued enabling him.

He needed help and we ignored him.
Its disgusting.

— Sharpie ⏩ #CEO2019 (@dapurplesharpie)
June 25, 2019

awful news … and raises questions about
youtube’s accountability as a platform that essentially “employs”
and hosts creators publicly suffering and in need of help …
everyone deserves — requires — as much support as they can get
where mental health is concerned. https://t.co/rnEczMCSrM

— allegra frank (@LegsFrank)
June 25, 2019

But, most of all, there’s an outpouring of grief over the
needless death of a young man:

I’m kinda fucked up over this. He lived
two blocks from where I go to school. I saw him outside the
Atlantic Ave Target taking pics with kids who were fans. I didn’t
stop to say I appreciated what he did, and for making a living
doing something so mentally and emotionally taxing. https://t.co/nNwkwsQROw

— chris kindred (@itskindred)
June 25, 2019

Rest in peace Etika.

You were always incredibly nice to me and others, making our days a
bit better. It makes me really sad to see this happen. I tried
reaching out to you multiple times and it hurts to feel I should
have done more, earlier.

Much love man. I’m sorry.

— Tempo ZeRo (@zerowondering)
June 25, 2019

SEE ALSO: NYPD
confirms missing 29-year-old YouTuber Desmond Amofah, better known
as Etika, has been found dead


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A 29-year-old YouTube star's sudden death is sparking an outpouring of grief and frustration among his fans and colleagues