Fans of deceased YouTube star Daniel Desmond ‘Etika’ Amofah are angered after his Twitter account was suspended for a second time.
Etika was confirmed dead by the New York Police Department on June 24, 2019 following a five-day search after the popular YouTube star posted a video titled “I’m sorry” on June 19 – the contents of which heavily alluded to suicide.
Then in August, two months after the 29-year-old passed away, a malicious hacker posted offensive messages to his Twitter account, prompting the company to suspend it temporarily. On February 14, it was taken offline a second time, and fans who used it to remember Etika aren’t happy about it at all.
Upon noticing the suspension of the account, memorial page Etika Memories tweeted out in anguish, informing fans of the YouTuber about the unfortunate situation.
“Etika’s Twitter account is currently suspended again,” it read, alongside a screenshot of the infamous “Account Suspended” page that’s seen when visiting a banned user.
It continued: “All of us are hoping that they can establish a better solution to keep his account on this website since many people still want to visit his page.”
Etika's Twitter account is currently suspended again. All we can do is inform @Twitter and @TwitterSupport. All of us are hoping that they can establish a better solution to keep his account on this website since many people still want to visit his page. pic.twitter.com/SzyMTvOVNS
— Etika Memories (@EtikaMemories) February 15, 2020
Professional Super Smash Bros. player Tyrell ‘NAKAT’ Coleman replied to the tweet and pleaded with Twitter to unban the account because it holds sentimental value for both friends and fans.
“Please restore his account. It holds much sentimental value to many people. Please allow his account to remain active on the platform,” the Pichu main said.
Etika was well known in the fighting game community largely due to his popular Smash YouTube videos and over-the-top reactions.
— Mazer NAKAT ?? #Sora4Smash (@darknakat) February 15, 2020
Popular Twitter user ‘imsalt’ also posted about the situation among countless others, and said, “Etika’s twitter account got suspended… what the absolute f**k man, just leave his s**t alone.”
Etika's twitter account got suspended… what the absolute fuck man, just leave his shit alone ?
— im salt (@imsaltYT) February 14, 2020
Despite the outrage from fans, Etika’s Twitter account is still suspended at the time of publication, with no indication or official word as to when or if it will be reinstated.
If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or know anyone that is, and you would like to talk to someone, please reach out to the Suicide Prevention Helpline 1-800-273-8255 (USA) or the Samaritans 116-123 (UK).