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RIP Desmond Amofah

Kassidy Barber

Posted on June 25, 2019 15:54

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The YouTube community mourns after the death of Desmond Amofah, aka Etika, by an apparent suicide.

At approximately 12pm CST on June 25th, the NYPD officially announced that YouTuber Etika, missing since June 19th, was found dead. Etika was 29 years old and widely popular for his Smash Brothers gameplay and reaction videos on YouTube. Described by friend @ShadyPenguin on Twitter, Etika was "loud, contagious, and inviting." 

source: Dexerto

 

In the months leading up to his suicide, however, fans and friends alike started noticing a change in Etika's actions. He uploaded pornographic material to both his first and second YouTube channels, essentially self-sabotaging and getting them deleted from the platform, for which he publicly apologized as a show of theatrics later. Soon, his actions grew more erratic, or "edgy" as he would describe in a later vlog. He began posting Tweets with unintelligible strings of emojis and letters as well as multiple slurs. Some put it off as another one of Etika's acts, but things later turned dark.

He began tweeting things like "I'm going to kill myself! You lot certainly have already. Shame on you all, silly humans," and other worrying tweets involving thoughts of suicidal ideation. Of course, this alarmed many fans and people who were close to him; Etika's ex-girlfriend even went over to his house to check on him and found him playing games and laughing at memes (she even Tweeted pictures of him in order to prove he was okay).

After these events, he was taken by cops presumably to the hospital, but he continued to insist that all this was one big theatrical performance by his YouTube persona, Etika. However, many saw this series of events as a real warning, or even a cry for help, from Desmond, who may not have realized how out of hand things were getting until it had spiraled out of his control.

In the days leading up to his disappearance, he posted one final - disturbing - vlog (trigger warning) in what seemed to be a final goodbye and an explanation of the decision he was going to make.

Etika's death has once again opened up a large conversation about mental health, getting the help one needs, and suicide prevention. This is a conversation that needs to continue for everyone, not only in the YouTube community but in the world. Mental health cannot be ignored or treated like it is lesser than any other type of health. 

Here is a list of suicide hotlines for multiple countries:

Argentina: +5402234930430

Australia: 131114

Austria: 017133374

Belgium: 106

Botswana: 3911270

Canada: 5147234000 (Montreal); 18662773553 (outside Montreal)

Croatia: 014833888

Denmark: +4570201201

Egypt: 7621602

Finland: 010 195 202

France: 0145394000

Germany: 08001810771

Hong Kong: +852 2382 0000

Hungary: 116123

India: 8888817666

Ireland: +4408457909090

Italy: 800860022

Japan: +810352869090

Mexico: 5255102550

New Zealand: 0800543354

Norway: +4781533300

Philippines: 028969191

Poland: 5270000

Portugal: 21 854 07 40/8. 96 898 21 50

Russia: 0078202577577

Spain: 914590050

South Africa: 0514445691

Sweden: 46317112400

Switzerland: 143

United Kingdom: 08457909090

USA: 18002738255

Veterans' Crisis Line: 1 800 273 8255/ text 838255

Kassidy Barber

Posted on June 25, 2019 15:54

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