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Etika dies at age 29: YouTuber confirmed dead by police after six days of searching


YouTube star Etika has died at age 29, police confirmed.

The player, real name Desmond Amofah, was reported missing six days ago and several of his personal items were found on the Manhattan Bridge on Monday.

New York City's official police tweeted Tuesday: "We regret to report that Desmond Amofah, known as Etika, was found dead."

He comes after police said they found a body in the East River just 800 meters from where Etika's belongings were found.

YouTube star Etika died at the age of 29

Etika has accumulated 321,000 followers on Twitter as well as 252,000 on Instagram, finding fame in social media for their online video games.

He disappeared on Wednesday, June 19, after posting an eight-minute harrowing video, revealing that he was a suicide bomber, who was already overthrown.

In the clip, Etika was seen walking while talking to the camera: "I'm sorry, I pushed you all …

"I should not have pushed so many people away, now I have no one."

He then added, "You know I was not suicidal before – I really was not." But one thing I did not realize was that the walls were closing so fast I really had no intention of killing myself, ; d always push too hard.

"I think I'm mentally ill."

Etika spoke about suicide in an eight-minute video that was removed

His younger brother, who asked to remain anonymous, told the New York Post that he had not spoken to his brother in nearly a year, but when they did, he did not notice any problems with his mental health.

"He did not show any sign of depression. I've never seen him behave like that."

The 26-year-old student added that since Etika's disappearance, he tried to contact him, "I love my brother. I hope he did not get hurt," he continued.

"I'm waiting and wishing the best."

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