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YouTube star Etika’s death ruled suicide by drowning

Posted: 4:23 PM, Jun 26, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-26 16:23:52-04

NEW YORK — YouTube star Desmond “Etika” Amofah, whose body was found in the city earlier this week, drowned in what officials have deemed a suicide, the Medical Examiner’s  said Wednesday.

Desmond “Etika” Amofah (NYPD)

Amofah, 29, was last heard from by phone on the night of June 19, police said. A backpack and a phone believed to belong to him were recovered on the Manhattan Bridge following his disappearance, according to police sources.

Amofah had more than 130,000 subscribers on YouTube, where he vlogged about video games.

He vanished after posting a video in which he appeared to express suicidal thoughts. The video has since been taken down.

Resources: Getting help 

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, contact the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) . It is a free, 24/7 service that offers support, information, and local resources. You can also click here for additional hotlines within your state.

Depression and suicidal thoughts are often exhibited in many ways. Warning signs for suicide can include, but are not limited to, talking about wanting to die; conveying feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness or being a burden; and displaying extreme moods.

If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention advises that you do not leave the person alone, call a prevention hotline, and take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.

For more information on suicide prevention, including additional resources and warning signs, you can visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s website.”