A popular YouTube "gamer" has been confirmed dead today after being reported missing a week ago. Desmond Amofah, 29, also known as Etika, was last heard from by phone on the night of June 19, police said.
During the search for Amofah a backpack and cellphone, both believed to be his, were found on the Manhattan bridge.
Shortly before he went missing, Amofah posted a chilling video on his YouTube channel where he expressed suicidal thoughts. That video has since been taken down.
Fellow YouTubers, and Amofah's more than 130,000 subscribers, were speculating that he'd gotten into some trouble, was in hiding or taking a break to calm down. However, PIX11 News confirmed that the body of a man pulled from the Manhattan River on Monday was indeed that of Amofah.
Amofah's YouTube videos garnered him popularity with fellow gamers and those who loved his sense of humor and comedic candor.
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Rest in peace young man.