Popular YouTuber Desmond 'Etika' Amofah found dead at 29

A body found in New York City's East River Monday has been identified as that of Desmond Amofah, a 29-year-old YouTube game reviewer and Twitch streamer from Brooklyn.

Amofah, who goes by the name of "Etika" online, was reported missing the evening of June 19, shortly after posting an alarming video on YouTube in which he apologizes to multiple people he says he let down and discusses suicidal thoughts and mental health. 

YouTube star Etika on Instagram
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YouTube star Etika on Instagram
Hi! 👌🏾
Gonna spend Valentine's Day the BEST way I know how! 😃♥️
Caved & spent 💵 on airpods... 😔 Despite the hole in my wallet, I like em! I've been growing this beard of money since tho, wtf's up with that 😲
😜😜😜 4 days till Xmas! Been kinda bummed but my 2019 plan is DEFINITELY gonna shake things up... 😈 Photo by @kimphotos.az
Stan Lee was one of the greatest creative minds to walk this Earth. Thank you for sharing your gift with us. Rest well. #wakandaforever✊🏾
Even the Joyconboyz gotta. go. VOTE!
A lil Henny turns a nigga super Saiyan ya feel me?? 👀👀😂 I'm hype for this new Broly movie man... IDK if it's gonna best the original, but that last trailer detailing the true origins of the saiyans was WILD. I hope they someday make Gogeta Canon too, way too cool of a char not to.
Are Twizzlers part of a balanced breakfast...? Asking for a friend 😅 #fiend #sendhelp #actuallydont #ichosethislife

The eight-minute clip sparked concern among his loved ones and fans and prompted an NYPD investigation into his disappearance, which, in turn, led authorities to discover a few of his personal items, including his cellphone and New York State ID card, on the Manhattan Bridge last week, WNBC reports.

A body discovered in the waters near Pier 16 at South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan around 6:30 p.m. Monday was confirmed as Amofah's on Tuesday.

Police sources told WNBC the victim had a history of mental illness and had been hospitalized in the past. 

The investigation into his death is ongoing and an autopsy is expected to be conducted, authorities say. 

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Click here to learn about the warning signs of suicide.

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