Etika's mother defends KEEMSTAR amid accusations he contributed to her son's death - Dexerto

Etika’s mother defends KEEMSTAR amid accusations he contributed to her son’s death

Published: 1/Jul/2019 0:22 Updated: 1/Jul/2019 0:30

by Albert Petrosyan


The mother of late YouTuber Desmond ‘Etikah’ Amofah has come to the defense of Daniel ‘KEEMSTAR’ Keem, asking fans to stop blaming the online personality for her son’s recent death. 

The YouTube community was sent into a whirlwind of shock on June 25 when Etika was confirmed dead by the New York Police Department, following days of speculation that the popular YouTuber had taken his own life.

In the time that’s passed since, DramaAlert host KEEMSTAR has faced a lot of backlash from fans, who have openly accused him of playing a part in Etika’s deteriorating mental health.

Although Keem posted several tweets defending himself, saying that he and the late entertainer had been close friends, many still remain unconvinced and believe that he had faked emotion in those posts. 

KEEMSTAR, TWITTER / ETIKA, YOUTUBEMany have blamed KEEMSTAR for playing a role in Etika’s death.

On June 30, KEEMSTAR tweeted out again on the topic, this time including screenshots of a text conversation he had with Etika’s mother, at least that was the name of the contact shown in the images.

In the conversation, the mother says that her response was to address the accusations, hoping to clear the tension between Keem and the late YouTuber’s fans.

“I wish to inform Etika’s fans, friends, and viewers that KEEMSTAR is not responsible for Etika’s passing and should not be held accountable for my son’s actions,” she wrote. “Etika loved KEEMSTAR’s show and wanted to make his appearance on the program both memorable and exciting.” 


In order to prove that he hadn’t asked the grieving mother for such a message, KEEMSTAR included a second screenshot showing that she’d initiated the conversation. 

This isn’t the first time that Keem and Etika’s mother had been in contact. Shortly following the YouTuber’s untimely passing, Keem contacted the mother and agreed to raise money for mental health charities via his Friday Fortnite tournament, which took place on June 28.

Additionally, he and FaZe Clan’s Banks also handed out 30 Nintendo Switch consoles to random viewers of the tournament, in memory of Etika. 

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, or know anyone that is, and you would like to talk to someone, please reach out and call the Suicide Prevention Helpline 1-800-273-8255 (USA) or the Samaritans 116-123 (UK).


Nessa Barrett hits back at attacks telling her to kill herself

Published: 25/Oct/2020 21:04

by Charlotte Colombo


TikToker Nessa Barrett has, once again, had to hit out against some of the trolls who harass her online, after their bullying took a sinister turn. 

Barrett has had a difficult few days after becoming unwittingly involved in the Jaden Hossler and Mads Lewis ‘diss track’ drama.

After hinting at a collaboration with Hossler on Twitter, she was accused of ‘shading’ his ex girlfriend and former friend, Lewis by hiding a range of Twitter replies referring to her.

However, judging by her recent Tweets, Barrett has enough problems of her own to concern herself with someone else’s drama, as she opened up about some of the intense abuse she had recently received online on Twitter.

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Twitter: Nessa Barrett
Nessa Barrett appeals to fans to leave her alone.

In a series of Tweets, she appealed to trolls to “stop telling [her] to kill [her]self,” explaining that she doesn’t “need to hear it anymore on top of [her] own thoughts [she] battle[s] everyday.”

Giving an insight to the struggles of being in the public eye, Barrett tells fans that they “have no idea how draining it is.”

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Instagram: nessabarrett
Fans have rallied around Barrett following her Tweets.

In response to these raw and honest Tweets, fans on Instagram rallied around the TikToker, with one user saying: “Imagine receiving thousands of death treats I could never — all I have to say is she’s so strong.”

Another user said that the fact that she had to tweet this was “so sad,” while a further user said “TikTok is so toxic damn.”

Nessa Barrett’s mental health battle

Nessa Barrett has bravely spoken out about her experiences with mental health several times in the past. In an August interview with Entertainment Tonight, she opened up about being diagnosed with conditions like anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder.

“I’ve been in therapy for anxiety since I was like, six,” she said at the time.

“And then, when I was about 14, I was misdiagnosed with depression. And then, recently, I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.”

Being a singer as well as a TikToker, she channelled a lot of her mental heath struggles into songs such as her debut single ‘Pain,’ which she explains was written during a “really vulnerable time” where, among other things, she was once again receiving a lot of hate online.

She also spoke out on Twitter in September about the “serious” and “personal” nature of her mental health issues after she was filmed crying in a restaurant by celebrity paparazzo Kevin Wong.

Hopefully, Barrett’s latest Tweets will be enough of a wake up call for trolls to stop harassing her when she is already feeling vulnerable.