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Desmond “Etika” Amofah died yesterday after he went missing for nearly a week, he uploaded a video titled “I’m sorry” which YouTube removed off its platform, in the video he shared a little about his mental state and apologized to a couple of people one of them is the popular twitch streamer, Pokimane, mentioning that suicide is his only option now.
I wanted to talk in this article a little about what had happened and how people reacted towards the whole scenario. It was well known that Etika had mental issues, maybe he could have gotten enough help to avoid this whole tragedy from occurring and maybe nothing would have been enough to save his life whatever the scenario would have been, we as a community should have been much more supportive.
When the police had to break down Etika’s door after he tweeted about killing himself, that should have been the biggest red flag that he needed support immediately, yet while he was streaming the whole situation, and I was one of the viewers, I noticed a lot of the commenters were just laughing at what’s going on, or applauding him on his actions even comments enjoying the content that they were viewing “memeing” the whole thing, that should not be our reaction to someone that’s mentally ill or obviously going through problems, we shouldn’t encourage them to do something that’ll end up hurting them, we should be reaching out trying to help them, giving them a hand and making sure they know that they have a shoulder to lean on.
Even after Etika’s death there were a lot of disgusting people that either mocked him or used his death to promote their own personal business, along with other like the YouTube “ImJayStation” that released a video titled “Etika Ouija Board Challenge at 3Am (Gone Wrong)”which is simply nothing but disrespect to Etika.
I hope that we as a community can learn from this, I know for a fact a lot of people have been affected by this and it has changed their perspective on things and I know that a lot have tried their best to help out as much as they could, rest in peace Etika, I’m sure you’re in a better place.
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