This heartbreaking news comes just days after the NYPD started a search for the YouTuber, whose real name was Desmond Amofah.
Police said his body was recovered from the East River Monday night off Pier 16 in Lower Manhattan, and that some of his belongings were retrieved near the Manhattan Bridge, NBC reports.
On Tuesday morning, the NYPD shared the tragic news of Etika’s passing, writing on Twitter, “We regret to inform that Desmond Amofah aka Etika has been found deceased.”
Detective Sophia Mason DCPI Spokesperson also shared in statement, “On Monday, June 24, 2019 at approximately 1818 hours, police responded to a 911 call for a person floating in the waters in the vicinity of South Street Seaport in the confines of the 1st Precinct. Upon arrival, officers discovered an unresponsive, unidentified male at the location.”
The statement continued, “NYPD Harbor removed the male to the Pier 16 where EMS pronounced him deceased. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death and the investigation is ongoing.”
His death comes after he had uploaded an eight-minute video in which he included suicidal thoughts. But the video has been removed from YouTube.