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YouTube celebrity ‘Etika’ found dead

NEW YORK: American YouTube celebrity Desmond Amofah, better known as “Etika,” has been found dead in New York nearly a week after he disappeared, police said on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old became known on the video site for playing and criticizing Nintendo games.

The day before he went missing, he had unsettled his fans by posting an eight-minute video voicing suicidal thoughts.

New York police said that he disappeared after having a telephone conversation at 8 pm on June 19.

On Monday evening officers were called to the South Street Seaport area in south Manhattan for a person floating in the water. After recovering the body, which was pronounced dead at the scene, they began an investigation and later identified the victim as Amofah.

Amofah has posted videos on YouTube and other platforms including Twitch since 2012 and had hundreds of thousands of followers there and on Twitter and Instagram.

Sometimes he talked about his mental problems, as in the last video titled “I’m sorry,” which shows him walking the streets of New York talking about suicide.

Social media “can give you an image of what you want your life to be and get blown completely out of proportion,” he says in the video. “It consumed me.”

With that shared, help is just a call away or an email away.

The Befrienders can be contacted at their hotline at 603-79568145, emailed at sam@befrienders.org.my just to rant, or to set an appointment for a face-to-face meeting.

There’s no shame in asking for help, because at the end of the day, that’s what a suicide hotline is around for – to be a listening ear for anyone who needs it.

Below are a full list of NGOs contact details that are more than willing and ready to help you or someone you know that are feeling suicidal.


Befrienders
(+603) – 79568144
(+603) – 79568145
Website: http://www.befrienders.org.my
Email: sam@befrienders.org.my

Malaysian Mental Health Association (MMHA)
(+603) – 7782 5499
Fax: (+603) – 7783 5432
Website: http://www.mentalhealth.org.my
Email: admin@mmha.org.my

LifeLine Association Malaysia
(+603) – 4265 7995
Website: http://lifeline.org.my/cn/
Email: counselling@lifeline.org.my

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