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Fans outraged after late YouTuber Etika’s Twitter account hacked

by Virginia Glaze

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Popular YouTuber and Smash player Daniel Desmond “Etika” Amofah was confirmed deceased by New York law enforcement on June 25 after a five-day disappearance - but one malicious hacker is outraging fans in wake of his passing.

Etika’s Twitter account was hacked on August 24, with the hacker writing a series of shocking posts that garnered mass backlash from fans and friends of the deceased.

“I’m back alive!” the hacker wrote, linking to a discord channel. “Currently chuckling with the boys.”

Etika, Instagram
Etika, Instagram
Popular Smash player and YouTuber Etika was found deceased in late June - but a malicious hacker infiltrated his Twitter account two months later.

That’s not all: the hacker continued to post offensive messages to Etika’s account, writing such posts as, “I’m currently drowning,” “Don’t tell Etika I’m on his account,” and, “Shoutout to the people who tried saving me… it meant a lot.”

Needless to say, the incident left a bad taste in fans’ mouths, with fellow Smash players, pros, and fans alike decrying the incident across Twitter.

“Actual scumbag,” Smash pro “Anti” commented.

“You really must have no soul, whoever’s doing this,” another user wrote.

The offensive Tweets have since been deleted from Etika’s account at the time of writing, with the account’s latest post being from June 18 after a vigilante netizen doxxed the hacker.

While this malicious incident sent shockwaves throughout Etika’s community, the hacking follows a heartwarming tribute to the YouTuber during Super Smash Con earlier in the month, which took place during the event’s Smashies Award Show.

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A video tribute to Etika played during the award ceremony, with community members giving testimonies of their experiences with the content creator in a touching montage at one of the biggest Smash events of the season.

Etika’s passing in June followed his five-day disappearance, preceded by a disturbing video posted online that many fans believed to be a suicide note.

Law enforcement recovered his body from the East River a half mile away from the Manhattan Bridge, from where it is suspected the YouTuber jumped.

The tragic incident incited a wave of conversation concerning mental health in the Smash and YouTube communities, with friends and fans of the deceased gathering for an emotional memorial on the Manhattan Bridge in the days that followed.



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).