If you’ve watched fan reactions to Nintendo announcements, the odds are very high that you’ve come across Etika’s content. If, like me, you’ve been in the Sonic community for years, you knew him as Iceman. If you were a fan of his content, you were part of the “JoyCon Boyz”, as he loved to call the people that supported him. Many people worldwide considered him a great friend and a talented YouTube content creator that loved video games. Sadly, he is no longer with us.
The New York Police Department has announced that Desmond Amofah, also known as Etika, has passed away at the age of 29. His passing is the culmination of a series of mental breakdowns that began in October 2018. 5 days ago, Etika posted a YouTube video that was heavily implied to be suicidal. Since then, he had been missing. His belongings were found on the Manhattan Bridge a couple of days ago, and his body was found in New York’s East River last evening. Our hearts go out to his friends, family, and fans at this very difficult time.