YouTubers are posting emotional tributes after the death of Etika

26 June 2019, 12:44 | Updated: 26 June 2019, 12:46

Etika
Etika. Picture: Instagram: @etika
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YouTubers have been sharing tributes to Etika after the 29-year-old was sadly found dead.

YouTubers are paying tribute after the death of Etika.

The 29-year-old YouTuber was found dead yesterday after being reported missing last Wednesday (19th June). Concern for Etika’s wellbeing began after he posted a video to YouTube shortly before his disappearance where he explained he had “broken his own rules” and was “sorry” before the video was taken down from the site.

“I mislead so many of you, I manipulated, I lied, I shifted blame… I don’t know what awaits me on the other side, but I’m ready to face it,” he wrote in the video’s description, adding: “‘As far as we know, there is no life after death. My time ends now, but if there is a way for me too, I’ll send you all as many blessings as I can from the other side.”

His belongings were discovered on Manhattan Bridge earlier this week and his death was confirmed on Tuesday (25th June) by the New York City Police department, who tweeted: "We regret to inform that Desmond Amofah aka Etika has been found deceased." A statement previously issued by the police reads: ‘The medical examiner will determine the cause of death and the investigation is ongoing”.

Since the news, YouTubers have been sharing their tributes to Etika, whose real name was Desmond Amofah.

PewDiePie said: “Hard to grasp that he's actually gone, left us way too soon. You will continue to live on in our hearts. Rest in peace @Etika.” He also posted information to suicide helplines around the world, adding: “If you're struggling mentally, speak to someone close or call, you are important.”

James Charles also posted a tribute to Etika writing: “RIP Etika. My heart is so so heavy hearing this news. I hope that the community FINALLY realizes that creators are human beings with real, valid feelings. Someone having followers doesn’t excuse cyber-bullying. It’s so easy to be kind to one another.” The tweet has since been deleted.

James Charles
James Charles. Picture: Twitter: @jamescharles

Tweeting about the news, Keemstar said: “He was a great Entertainer. One of the best streamers in the game. He lost a channel of over 800k subs and made a new one and was right back pulling thousands of viewers. Wherever he’s laid to rest I’ll be there.”

Joe Weller added: “Reading up on what’s happened to Etika... It’s such a hard and painful thing to accept but very real, nonetheless. The position influencers are thrown into can be a ruthless, cruel place and feel very lonely. We need to remember this. Rest in peace, Desmond Amofah.”

Ross O’Donovan - aka RubberNinja - said: “In light of the news today, I wanted take a moment to tell you all that you're worth something, even though you may not believe you are. Reach out to people you trust and talk to professionals. You don't need to suffer alone.”

“What people put forward publicly is generally their best self or a character/persona. The public can't truly know a personality or understand the pain behind the mask. It's unhealthy to hold anyone to an expectation of who you think they are. Teach, don't torment”.

For support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org, visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.