Etika (birth name – Desmond Amofah) was an American YouTuber, model, and Twitch streamer who published reaction videos, trailer reactions, Nintendo news updates, and Let’s Plays of video games, on his popular YouTube channel ”EWNetwork.”
Amofah was born on May 12, 1990, in Brooklyn, New York, USA, to mother Sabrina Amofah and father Owuraku Amofah, a lawyer and politician from Ghana.
In 2007, Desmond released a mixtape, named – “Written In Ice” under the pseudonym of “Iceman.”
From 2011 to 2015, Amofah was a model.
In 2012, Desmond started using his YouTube channel to broadcast his reaction streams and gaming videos under the name – “EWNetwork.”
In 2018, his main account was terminated by YouTube after he uploaded porn to his channel. His YouTube channel had around 800,000 subscribers.
In April 2019, his second channel (named – ”EtikaFRFX”) was terminated for the same reason.
Mental Health Struggles
Later that month, he tweeted about suicidal thoughts, prompting concern from the YouTube community as well as his followers.
On April 29, 2019, Desmond live-streamed an incident with police in Brooklyn who came to his home after he threatened to harm himself. He said:
“It was a fun life. I had a great time. It was great. But for it to be cut so short – it’s f####.”
A SWAT team escorted the YouTuber to a Brooklyn hospital. Later, he was released. His diagnosis was “agitation.”
On April 30th, 2019, Desmond appeared on a YouTube “news” channel (DramaAlert). During the interview with Keemstar (the host of DramaAlert), it was revealed that Desmond’s belief of him being the “Antichrist” triggered the New York startling scene.
“It’s me the Antichrist. I’ve come to purge the planet of all human life.”
Desmond went on to say:
”I will be dropping nuclear missiles very, very soon on every single human being… we’re about to get some fireworks real soon.”
The YouTuber also said:
“I said to purge all life. I’m going to bring you all to the best place possible. The party never ends, Keemstar.”
During the interview, Keemstar said to him:
“Then why live? Just jump off a cliff.”
In May 2019, after assaulting a police officer, Desmond was taken again to a hospital.
On June 19, 2019, Amofah posted his final video on YouTube, titled – “I’m sorry” – that shows him walking the streets of NYC talking about suicide.
Desmond also cautioned others about getting consumed in social media and apologized for pushing people away. He said:
“I’m sorry for leaving such a stained legacy.”
”I hope that my story, maybe, helps to make YouTube a better place in the future where people know boundaries and limits and how far things should go.”
The streamer also said:
”I don’t know what awaits me on the other side, but I’m ready to face it.”
“As far as we know, there is no life after death. My time ends now.”
The video was later removed by YouTube for violating the platform’s rules. YouTube said that this was done to reduce the potential for copycat acts of self-harm, videos that express suicidal ideation.
Amofah later disappeared.
Deputy Commissioner for Public Information states:
“The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing person within the confines of the 84 Precinct.”
Deputy Commissioner for Public Information continued:
“The circumstances are as follows. ‘It has been reported to police that the missing was last heard from on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at approximately 2000 hours by phone.”
The commissioner later added:
“The missing is described as follows: Amofah, Desmond aka Etika. ‘Male, Black, 29 years-old, approximately 6’0, approximately 160lbs, brown eyes, black hair. Last seen wearing a white t-shirt.”
A New York City Police Department representative declared:
“Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).”
On June 24, the NYPD recovered belongings they believed to belong to Desmond on Manhattan Bridge.
The personal effects included:
- a shirt;
- a pair of boxers;
- a laptop bag;
- a mobile phone;
- a wallet;
- his driving license card.
On June 26, 2019, the Office of Chief Medical Examiner said that the cause of Desmond’s death was drowning. He added that the manner was suicide.
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The official Twitter account for YouTube creators declared:
“All of us at YouTube are sending condolences to his loved ones and fans.”
After Amofah’s death was announced, YouTuber Keemstar briefly became a target of some of Desmond’s followers, who blamed him for Desmond’s suicide due to the interview that took placed in April 2019.
Keemstar wrote on his social accounts:
“He was a great Entertainer. One of the best streamers in the game.”
Keemstar also wrote:
”He lost a channel of over 800k subs and made a new one. Wherever he’s laid to rest I’ll be there.”
On June 25, 2019, Abe Hunter announced he was the owner and operator of Desmond’s website. Hunter also said that he converted the website into a fundraiser site where all the profits are donated to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) in Desmond’s name.
Amofah’s fans honored his name with a 40-foot mural in New York City.
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Desmond used to date Christine Cardona, better known as Alice Pika on Twitch.
Cardona said about Desmond’s death:
“He’s never admitted he has a problem.”
Christine later added:
“He’s always seemed to deny the existence of mental health disorders. Our relationship, it wasn’t easy.”
Desmond was 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) tall.
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After Amofah’s death, his fans have made a Change.org petition to restore his main YouTube account to archive his legacy. According to the petition:
”YouTube platform should be allowed to have his greatest moments archived on YouTube forever.”
He was once caught playing Minecraft on one of his streams.
Desmond wrote in a tweet that the name ”Etika” came from the video game Sonic Battle.
For months prior to his suicide, Amofah publicly struggled with mental illness.
In 2018, the American YouTuber was banned on Twitch for using homophobic slurs.
Amofah often used to end his YouTube videos with – “Take care of yourself. Have yourself a damn good one.”
Etika (Desmond Amofah) – Net Worth
Amofah made most of his money from streaming on Twitch (on this platform, a streamer makes money from subscribers, ads, donations from fans, and sponsors) as well as advertisements on his YouTube channels. Therefore, at the time of his death, Etika had an estimated net worth of $0.2 million.
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