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Who is Etika and why are the NYPD searching for him?

Published: 21/Jun/2019 9:27 Updated: 21/Jun/2019 10:23

by David Purcell

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Daniel Desmond ‘Etika’ Amofah has been missing ever since he uploaded a distressing video alluding to suicide on YouTube, and now the New York Police Department have launched an investigation into his situation. Here’s everything we know. 

The Twitch streamer and YouTuber has been reported as missing, after last being heard on phone at 8 pm EST on June 19. Amofah uploaded a video with what has been described as a suicide note a few hours later that same night and has not been seen since by friends or family. 

Etika, InstagramEtika has a history of public breakdowns, but this latest one might be the most concerning.

Who is Etika?

Etika is from Brooklyn and is 29-years-old. Standing at 6ft tall, he weighs around 160 pounds. 

The content creator has built up a large following on YouTube – attracting over 130,000 subscribers on the platform, who regularly engage with his videos. His role as a YouTuber involves him hosting livestreams and uploading videos, where he’ll often try out popular video games or tackle hot news topics with his own unique take. 

He does have a reputation for controversial comments, though, many of which he apologized for in his latest – now deleted – eight minute YouTube video. Homophobic slurs also landed Etika in hot water with Twitch in October 2018, where he was banned from streaming on the platform – as reported by Newsweek. 

That video included some distressing details, too. He wrote in the description: “As far as we know, there is no life after death. My time ends now, but if there is a way for me too, I’ll send you all as many blessings as I can from the other side.”

Jeff Mendoza, UnsplashNYPD are searching for Etika after he was reported missing on June 20.

Why are NYPD looking for Etika?

The New York Police Department are calling out for any new information that could help their investigation into Etika’s whereabouts, after he was reported as missing on June 20, with his latest video potentially alluding to a planned suicide.

The story was first picked up by esports consultant Rod Breslau on the night the video was uploaded to YouTube, who described the description of his video as a potential “suicide note” – as reported in our original news article. 

June 19 wasn’t the first time that he has expressed suicidal thoughts, either, which might be a greater concern for those closest to him. Back in April of this year, Etika’s home door was broken down in order to check on his mental stability, after suggesting that he was going to take his own life. 

The internet personality wrote: “Savonarola! I’m going to kill myself! You lot certainly have already. Shame on you all, silly humans,” before suggesting that he was about to shoot himself in the forehead with a gun bought from Long Island, New York – as reported in our article at the time. 

Thankfully for his fans and loved ones he didn’t act on those words at that time, but his recent disappearance has caused serious concern. 

Etika also has a history of concerning acts, too, after being detained for anti-semitic tweets back in April 2019, having been placed in a psychiatric ward of a hospital following an altercation with a police officer just a month previous. 

There had initially been suggestions from members of the content creation community, such as KEEMSTAR, that this disappearance was actually a hoax – after some users dug up some of Etika’s old posts to Twitter, where he asked fans about when he should schedule his next mental breakdown. 

However, he is still yet to be found at the time of writing, and those who suggested it might not be genuine have now started to reach out for more details. 


If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, or know anyone else that is, you can always 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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US radio stations join #FreeBritney movement with dedicated Britney Spears playlists

Published: 21/Feb/2021 17:56

by Luke Edwards

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Radio stations across the US have supported the #FreeBritney movement in aid of popstar Britney Spears by playing her tracks every hour over the weekend.

The #FreeBritney movement has become one of the biggest campaigns in the world. The popstar is in court in a battle over conservatorship, which she’s been under for over 12 years.

Conservatorship basically means that her father Jamie Spears, who is her registered conservator, has control over her personal and business interests. However, Britney has said she wants gain more control over her life, leading to the #FreeBritney movement gaining more and more momentum.

She was put under conservatorship in 2008 when she suffered a mental health breakdown shortly after she divorced ex-husband Kevin Federline.

Britney Spears performing
Steven Lavoie
Britney Spears is one of the highest-grossing artists of all-time.

The movement has gained more prominence over the course of 2021, to the point several US music stations decided to hold a #FreeBritney weekend.

Stations including Miami’s HITS 97.3, Long Island’s 106.1 BLI and Jacksonville’s 95.1 WAPE decided to play Britney Spears every hour for the whole of the February 20-21 weekend.

The project aims to raise awareness of the treatment Spears is receiving in the face of her legal battle with her father.

Why is #FreeBritney trending?

The idea is that the singer should be given autonomy over her own brand and personal life. As things stand, the control lies with her father.

On February 12, her dad was denied his request to exert greater control over these assets, with the power being shared between him and a firm called the Bessemer Trust.

The movement gained renewed traction after the New York Times released the documentary Framing Britney Spears, which has gained worldwide attention. In the UK, it became the most-watched documentary aired by British broadcaster Sky ever.

Britney Spears’ legal team claims the singer is “afraid” of her father, with the popstar not having performed in over two years.

However, another hearing is due to take place on March 12, with members of the #FreeBritney movement likely to continue protests outside the court.