What Happened to Etika? Streamer Handcuffed and Hospitalized After Suicidal Twitter Outburst

Update 1:15 p.m. ET 6/25/19: NYPD confirmed Tuesday that Daniel Amofah has died. His body was recovered from New York City's East River on Monday. More information is available here.

Daniel Desmond Amofah, known online as Etika, sent a number of suicidal tweets on Monday night and Tuesday morning, sparking alarm amongst his 300,000 Twitter fans and followers on the social media platform.

The YouTuber, best known for building up a fan base through the Nintendo community, started tweeting out odd messages on Monday night. "Don't do a deal with the Devil!" he tweeted, before shouting out Drama Alert's Keemstar, sharing long strings of emojis and threats to former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé.

At 3:26 a.m. EDT, Etika tweeted, " Savonarola! I'm going to kill myself! You lot certainly have already. Shame on you all, silly humans." Fellow content creators, like Sky WIlliams and Chad "Anything4views" Roberts appeared in his comments section, asking him to get help immediately and to stop using Twitter. A friend of Etikah's, streamer @TheAlicePika on Twitter, shared on Monday night that Etika is, in fact, fine and is currently "playing a game on Switch."

Guys, he's okay, about to play a Switch game. I've been observing him all day. He reached out to me and I was curious, I'm already expecting people unapproving but it happened anyway so no use in pointing that out.

Please no one do anything drastic! pic.twitter.com/dXTnPKNjLv

— Alice ๐ŸŽ‚10/26!!๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿฆ‚ (@TheAlicePika) April 16, 2019

Etika continued tweeting, writing "RIP :(" and "you will all burn underneath my flame."

At 4:39 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Etika tried to send Alice home, prompting her to write "he told me he's expecting people to show up at his house and it might not be safe with me there." She stayed in the lobby, contacting people that might "help him."

Etika last tweeted at 5:06 a.m. EDT Tuesday., claiming he will "shoot himself in the head." Alice also tweeted throughout Monday night and Tuesday morning as well, claiming to have "voice recordings" that can prove to doctors he is "not okay." She then tweeted at 5:16 a.m. EDT that police arrived at Etika's apartment building and that he was sent to the hospital (though she would not confirm where).

I'm afraid to share publicly just how disturbing things got. I'll share that I cried like 3 times to him yesterday, begging him to stop talking. At first he called me stupid for crying but when he realized I was actually upset, he begged me to forgive him.

I need fuckin sleep.

— Alice ๐ŸŽ‚10/26!!๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿฆ‚ (@TheAlicePika) April 16, 2019

"It was very quick," Alice told Newsweek. Though she was still in the lobby of his building, she claims that the police arrived three minutes after she placed the call with eight officers "to restrain him" and "was placed in an ambulance on a stretcher and handcuffed." She added, "the whole time I reminded them that he only wanted to hurt himself and no one else."

Etika called Alice because the pair dated from 2011 to 2017 and "have been friends since" she said. He claimed he wanted to "fix" her and help her "become a god," though she is unclear what he meant by that. "Overall, I'm just relieved I didn't go home after he kicked me out," she said of the incident.

This is the second public suicidal outburst from Etika. In October, Etika posted on the subreddit dedicated to his work as a streamer "and now, it's my turn to die. I love you all. Keep fighting for me, ok? I'll miss yall :* make the world better for your own kids, and REMEMBER TO STARGAZE. These last 6 years have been an HONOR." Around this same time, he uploaded large amounts of pornographic Hentai to his YouTube channel, causing it to be deleted by administrators of the video platform, and as of today he still has not gotten back. Etika's fans freaked out on Twitter, but it seems eventually Alice was able to able to pull the content creator away from his computer and get him some help.

If you have, or someone close to you has thoughts of suicide, confidential help is available for free at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call 1-800-273-8255. Their line is available 24 hours, every day.