Personalities on YouTube and Twitch shared their stories and tributes after learning about the passing of YouTube star Desmond ‘Etika’ Amofah.
Etika was a very well-known YouTuber since he started making videos on the platform seven years ago.
He became known for a variety of things, many would agree his focus on Nintendo and his over-the-top reaction videos to Super Smash Bros. characters, notably to Mewtwo and Cloud, are what he became most known for.
When the Nintendo Switch released he gave his fan base the nickname of “JoyCon Broz” which was a reference to the Switch’s controllers.
While his channel has since been taken down by YouTube, although there is a petition to bring it back, you are still able to search for his reactions as they have been largely preserved and uploaded by his fans
Etika’s electric personality and his love for what he did is what made him so popular on YouTube. His passion for Smash Bros. in general always made him worth tuning into just to see what he had to say about a new fighter coming to the game.
While he might have been a polarizing figure for many, he had a lot of friends in the community and several of them shared their reactions to the star’s sudden passing.
Reactions from major online personalities
Etika made a lot of friends over his seven years on YouTube and inspired numerous others to start creating videos and streams.
The world’s most famous YouTuber, Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg shared his condolences, saying we lost Etika too soon. Others personalities echoed this sentiment. You can view some of their comments below.
Hard to grasp that he's actually gone, left us way too soon.
You will continue to live on in our hearts.
Rest in peace @Etika
— ƿ૯ωძɿ૯ƿɿ૯ (@pewdiepie) June 25, 2019
RIP @Etika 🙁
— KSI (@KSIOlajidebt) June 25, 2019
RIP Etika. Really sad news to hear. Mental health is no joke and if you're going through something please reach out to people that can help. There will always be someone who will listen. pic.twitter.com/EPki81fyxS
— Jacksepticeye (@Jack_Septic_Eye) June 25, 2019
He was a great Entertainer. One of the best streamers in the game. He lost a channel of over 800k subs and made a new one and was right back pulling thousands of viewers. Wherever he’s laid to rest I’ll be there. #JOYCONBOYZFOREVER
— KEEM :popcorn: (@KEEMSTAR) June 25, 2019
As someone who also has struggled a lot with depression, this hits me.
Regardless of many thousands of supporters, you don't really know what happens behind the scenes. People dismiss the warnings as just wanting attention, but it's serious.
Rest in peace, Etika https://t.co/l2m8H2DGfx
— Tempo:lightning_cloud:️| Axe (@TempoAxe) June 25, 2019
Desmond Amofah, known to the world Etika, is one of the most iconic and memorable personalities the youtube, streaming, and gaming community has ever had the pleasure of watching. Etika brought good times to so many others. That's how he will be remembered.#JOYCONBOYZFOREVER
— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) June 25, 2019
Damn, first thing I woke up to is that Etika passed. I first watched Etika last year when looking up dark web videos. I saw the highlights from his streams when he went on the dark web. Dude was beyond hilarious as shit. Followed him since then. Hope he can Rest In Peace :heart:️.
— ANBU dixon (@WhosDixon) June 25, 2019
Very sad to hear the terrible news of Etika taking his own life. :pensive:
Please take your own mental health seriously and open up if you’re feeling in a bad place – Getting help is okay and not something that should be shamed.
— Ali-A (@OMGitsAliA) June 25, 2019
RIP Etika. :heart:
— pokimane (@pokimanelol) June 25, 2019
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).