Etika petition: Fans call on YouTube to reinstate channel after star’s tragic death

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Etika was known for his love of Nintendo and excitable reaction videos, which helped him amass over 800,000 subscribers across YouTube and Twitch.

The 29-year-old’s body was discovered by the New York Police Department on Tuesday after he went missing last week.

The NYPD had been searching for Etika after the YouTuber posted a video where he talked of suicide.

The video has since been removed by YouTube.

Following news of his death, fellow YouTube gaming personalities paid tribute to Etika and called on those experiencing mental health issues to seek help.

Pewdiepie tweeted: “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”.

Ali-A posted: “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.”

While Pokimane said: “This is a huge loss to everyone that knew him and everyone that loved his content. He was a genuinely sweet guy, with a huge personality, who touched the lives of thousands of people.”

Etika fans have since started a petition calling on YouTube to restore the streamer’s first channel, Dexerto reported in a post online.

Last October Etika’s account was banned by YouTube after he reportedly deleted his channel’s videos and uploaded content that breached guidelines.

The Change.org petition is calling for 500,000 signatures, and so far has been signed by over 360,000 people.

You can sign the petition by clicking here.

It says: “Desmond ‘Etika’ Amofah was a legendary YouTube streamer / entertainer, he pioneered YouTube Gaming and put the platform on the map with his insanely entertaining streams and loyal fan base.

“He was loyal to YouTube Gaming from the beginning.

“We the YouTube community and the Joycon Boyz, demand that his YouTube channel be reinstated so his legacy can be archived.

“Years of memories are gone due to his misconduct of a few uploads, and we think someone who has done so much for the YouTube platform should be allowed to have his greatest moments archived on YouTube forever.

“Please consider, think about how much he has done for you YouTube, think about all the years of his life he poured into his channel, and restore those memories.”

• For confidential support call the Samaritans in the UK on 116 123 or visit a local Samaritans branch.

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