Missing Brooklyn YouTube streamer found dead in East River: NYPD

Cops cuff YouTube streamer after suicide threats in Downtown apartment
Wheeled off: Police put Willoughby Street on lockdown after online video game streamer Daniel Desmond Amofah, known online as Etika, allegedly threatened to kill himself in his apartment on the afternoon of April 29.
Photo by Kevin Duggan

A Downtown Brooklyn resident and popular YouTube personality was found dead on Monday, just a few days after posting a disturbing online video and then vanishing, police confirmed.

Cops discovered 29-year-old Desmond Amofah — best known by his YouTube channel, Etika, where he posted videos of himself playing video games — in the East River off Manhattan’s Pier 16 at 6:18 p.m., just a few hundred yards downstream of the Brooklyn Bridge.

However, police reportedly located items belonging to Amofah on the Manhattan Bridge, including his wallet, identification cards, a Nintendo Switch gaming console, his laptop bag, and clothes, a law enforcement source told Inside Edition. A spokesman for the department could not confirm those details.

An investigation by the city’s Chief Medical Examiner concluded that Amofah killed himself by drowning, according to spokeswoman Aja Worthy-Davis.

Amofah was last heard alive during a phone conversation on June 19, which occurred shortly after he posted a Youtube video in which he discussed suicide and his struggles with mental illness.

“I wasn’t suicidal before, but one thing I didn’t realize was the walls were closing around me so fast. I really had no intention of killing myself, but I would always push it too far. I guess I am mentally ill,” Desmond Amofah said in a June 19 video deleted by YouTube, but which pro-gamer Rod Breslau preserved on Twitter.

The late online personality was cuffed last April after he took to Instagram and live-streamed an alleged threat to kill himself inside his apartment, which caused police to barricade the street outside his home for hours.

The police’s investigation into Amofah’s death remains ongoing, a department spokesman told this paper.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
The 29-year-old Downtown Brooklyn resident had a history of suicide threats, including one which caused a lockdown of the street outside his apartment when he took to Instagram to stream a threat to kill himself last April.

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