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Missing YouTuber Desmond "Etika" Amofah has died, police confirm

Search called off after a week.

Popular gaming YouTuber Desmond "Etika" Amofah has been been found dead, police say, a week after he was reported missing.

New York police began searching for the 29-year-old after he posted a worrying video where he talked of suicide. YouTube has now removed the video per its community standards policy.

Desmond 'Etika' Amofah.

Amofah had a raucous and enthusiastic YouTube persona, and was best known to his 800,000 subscribers for his love of Nintendo games and excitable reaction videos.

He also discussed struggles with mental health, and troubles dealing with the pressures of social media.

In October last year, Amofah deleted all videos on his main YouTube channel. In April, he was visited by police while streaming on Instagram after concerns were raised for his safety and subsequently spent time in hospital.

New York police confirmed Amofah had been found dead last night. A formal cause is yet to be determined.


In the UK and Ireland, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org or jo@samaritans.ie. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international suicide helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org.

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