Fans Create Memorial for Gamer Etika in New York
The 29-year-old is believed to have died by suicide.
Fans of beloved gaming star Etika gathered in New York City and erected a memorial on his behalf at the Manhattan Bridge.
Etika, whose real name was Desmond Amofah, was found dead earlier in the week. Authorities believe he died by suicide and jumped from the bridge.
The popular 29-year-old gamer had experienced mental health issues in recent years. His family had feared for his well-being after he posted a video apologizing to his viewers last week.
“I really had no intention of killing myself,” Amofah said in the now-deleted video on YouTube. “But I’d always push it too far. I guess I am mentally ill.
“I’m sorry to those of you who I betrayed,” he added. “I’m sorry for leaving such a stained legacy. I hope that my story maybe helps to make YouTube be a better place somehow in the future, to where people know boundaries and limits and how far things should go.”
The NYPD issued a bulletin asking for information on his whereabouts after fans expressed concerns, but late last week, Etika's belongings were found on the Manhattan bridge. His body was later found near the city's South Street Seaport.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides confidential support for people in distress 24/7. People can call the hotline at 1-800-273-8255, or chat online at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
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