Popular YouTube star Etika confirmed dead by NYPD - Dexerto
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Popular YouTube star Etika confirmed dead by NYPD

Published: 24/Jun/2019 23:53 Updated: 25/Jun/2019 16:59

by Meg Bethany Koepp

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Daniel Desmond ‘Etika‘ Amofah, 29, a popular YouTube personality who went missing on June 19, has been found dead.

His death was confirmed by the New York City Police Department, following a five-day search. 

His body was recovered from the East River, just half a mile away from the Manhattan Bridge, where it is suspected he jumped.

A collection of his personal belongings including a Nintendo Switch console, his wallet, and his driver’s license were found by Manhattan Bridge on the night of June 19, just a few hours after he was reported missing.

Instagram: EtikaEtika was a popular YouTube personality with a love for Nintendo.

The discovery of his belongings led to widespread speculation that he jumped from the bridge, after he uploaded a scheduled YouTube video titled ‘I’m sorry’ which heavily alluded to suicide.

Speaking to Kotaku, NYPD stated: “At approximately 18:18 hours [June 24], police responded to a 9-11 call with a person floating in the water in the vicinity of the South Street Seaport in the confines of the 1st Precinct. Upon arrival, officers discovered an unresponsive, unidentified male at that location. The NYPD harbor removed the male to Pier 16, where EMS pronounced him deceased. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death and the investigation is ongoing.”

Etika had a large following on YouTube and Twitch, with over 800,000 subscribers, and was best known for content on Nintendo games particularly.

He had a history of mental health issues, and was sectioned earlier in 2019 after a violent altercation with police. He had also made previous suicidal threats and messages on social media.


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).

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Best of TikTok’s viral pumpkin designs trend: Among Us, Pokemon, WAP

Published: 25/Oct/2020 15:59

by Georgina Smith

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It’s the spookiest time of the year, and many creatively inclined TikTok users have been in their element, producing some fantastic pumpkin designs inspired by a huge range of different sources. Here’s some of the best, just in time for Halloween.

Video sharing app TikTok has become a hub for explosive trends, and Halloween inspired videos have been popping up left, right, and center.

People have already been getting in the Halloween spirit by participating in the hugely popular Tim Burton challenge. The trend sees TikTok users utilize the blue line filter, a filter that allows you to freeze the screen as a line passes by, to see what they would look like as a character in a creepy Tim Burton film.

But not every trend needs a filter to get popular, and as October has swung around, people have been sharpening their carving tools and getting to work on some fantastic pumpkin designs, many going viral on the app.

Between last Halloween and this one, countless new trends and pop culture hits have surfaced, and just about all of them have made their way onto a pumpkin. Here are some of our favorites.

Gaming pumpkin designs

Naturally, one of the biggest gaming sensations of 2020, Among Us, has served as a great inspiration for designs this year, and the simplistic nature of the sprites make it a perfect candidate for a pumpkin. That along with some other classic gaming favorites have garnered popularity on the app.

Among Us

@cosmeticswithcourtsAmong us pumpkin !! 🎃 ##pumpkin ##pumpkincarving ##fyp ##amongus ##amongusvideo ##foryoupage ##viral ##halloween2020 ##halloween♬ original sound – 🕷🎃👻

@humblesimpyea i’m a gaymer girl ##fyp ##foryou ##pumpkincarving ##amongus ##gaming ##lgbtq ##spookyseason ##queer♬ spooky season – 𝖑𝖎𝖑 𝖎𝖉𝖎𝖔𝖙 🏹✰

Pokemon

@thevintagerealm🎃Working on Pokémon Pumpkins! ##pumpkin ##pumpkincarving ##pokemon ##pokémon ##pokemonart ##animeart ##halloween ##halloweendiy ##gengar ##mimikyu♬ Halloween Party – MaxMusicMax

TikTok inspired pumpkin designs

Some users have been inspired by the app itself, recreating some TikTok branded Halloween gear, along with taking notes from one of the biggest trends of the year, the WAP dance, which stars like Addison Rae went viral for.

TikTok logo

@jacibutlerCelebrating ##tiktoktober with ##pumpkincarving 💚👻 Which pumpkin is your favorite!? 🎃♬ Ghostbusters (I’m Not Afraid) [feat. Missy Elliott] – Fall Out Boy

WAP dance

@benryan3792There’s some ghosts in this house ##wap ##pumpkincarving♬ WAP(feat. Megan Thee Stallion) – Cardi B

Movie pumpkin designs

Many have tried their hand at some intricate movie-related designs, but ‘noordinarypumpkin’ has lived up to his username with a stunning carving of the Nightmare Before Christmas.

Additionally, former NASA engineer Mark Rober went viral with his video of NASA’s pumpkin carving contest, featuring hilariously over-engineered pumpkins. This included a green-colored Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc. with a moving eyeball – if you felt like being ambitious this year.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

@noordinarypumpkin##nightmareb##halloween ##pumpkin ##jackolantern ##carving ##art ##fyp♬ RTJ – DJ 420

Monsters, Inc.

@markroberNASA pumpkin carving contest- it’s not rocket science. ##pumpkinseason♬ original sound – Mark Rober

Viral pumpkin hits

Some of the most viral videos have been spins on the standard smiley face design seen each year, with designs for every skill level. One user got creative with a piece of string, and another got over one million views for his simple but effective approach.

Using string

@squishyvangoghYou just witnessed a murder pt. 2 🎃 ##halloween ##pumpkin ##october ##diy ##fall ##fyp ##foryoupage ##foryou ##spooky ##pumpkinfriend ##spooky ##spoopy ##carving♬ original sound – 🕷Daycore ver.🕷


Tiny face

@steveng868Don’t stress about pumpkin carving guys ##vivalaswing ##pumpkins ##pumpkincarving ##ProblemSolved ##itsthemostwonderfultimeoftheyear ##fyp♬ Viva La Swing ps. tugboat_spenny is OG spinner – Mingaling 2.0


And with time still left before Halloween there’s no doubt that the pumpkin fun is only just beginning, with plenty more brilliant designs left to pop up before the big night.