Many of you might have already heard the unfortunate news of the sudden death of Daniel Desmond Amofah aka Etika. The 29-year old YouTuber is said to have been gone missing after posting a video of him on YouTube apologizing to the people he had wronged. After some days of going missing, he was found dead by the NYPD on June 24, 2019. According to the official statement released by the NYPD, the deceased body was pulled from the Manhattan Bridge.
Is it right to say that Etika had already predicted his death or it was a suicide case? Well, in the video he posted, Etika is seen walking around Brooklyn while directly apologizing to his family, friends, and fans. In the since-deleted video, Etika feels sorry for letting them down. For instance, he says, "I'm sorry I betrayed your trust, I'm sorry I pushed you all away,” he continues to say, "But one thing I didn't realize was that the walls were closing around me so fast. I really had no intention of killing myself, but I'd always push it too far”.
Indeed, there is every reason to believe that the deceased was suffering mentally. Besides, reports are emerging that the YouTuber had some times back been referred to a mental hospital. Perhaps, his family assumed that he was already healed. But wait, what exactly is known about Etika’s family? Below are 5 of the most exciting things you might want to know about his family.
1. His father, Owuraku Amofah, is renowned a politician
Offcially known as Emmanuel Owuraku Amofah, Etika’s father, is a Ghanaian politician. Owuraku Amofah served in Jerry Rawlings’ government from 1992 to 1996. He served in two capacities— deputy minister for communication and deputy minister for tourism. He is also the founder of a political organization by the name Ever Ghanaian Living Everywhere (EGLE). The party was part of a grand coalition in Ghana in the 2004 general elections. Under Edward Mahama, the party won 4 out of 320 seats. Unfortunately, the party was later disbanded for a reason known by himself.
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In addition, his father is widely recognized in Ghana for injury a former president, Jerry Rawlings. I know you are wondering what really transpired until he injured the president. The two were reported to have had an argument that did not really go well. So, the minister slammed a door on the president’s fingers injuring him. It is funny, though.
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2. Etika had a norm of posting tribute videos to his mother
Many at times, Etika posted a video talking about his mother. He had a very interesting relationship with his mother. In one of the videos, he said that he could not have imagined what life could have been without her lovely mom. In the video, he said, "Damn man, I don’t know what I’d do if I lost my mom”.
You can imagine how much he loved his mother. Also, in another video, he tells his fans how they used to play the 1-2 Switch game with his mother even though she did not like it that much. It is funny though because in the same video he confesses to having had a rocky relationship with his mother back in the days. What do you expect? Of course, that is how it is for most of us, at times. Mothers are very concerned and caring creatures. They will go to any length to make sure we are safe. Etika's mother was one of them.
3. His father was into two main professions: Law and politics
As mentioned earlier, Etika’s father joined politics as earlier as 1992. The, then, young and vibrant father to Etika served the government for six years before calling it a quit. I suppose it is then that he resolved to join law. He is the man behind the famous Amofah Law Firm in the country. However, his father is eying for the seat of the president. Apart from the two professions, Amofa used to work in New York Metropolis. Here he served in a ticket-broker agency as a CEO for parking Tickets Busters.
On his Twitter account, you will find an update about him planning to be the future president of Ghana. Lately, he posted a short video of Etika captioned “When they say I won't be president of Ghana..” In the video, Etika is seen making funny dance moves while laughing.
4. Etika’s younger brother had spoken with him before his death citing no signs of depression
Etika’s younger brother based in Jersey was always in touch with the deceased. When the news about his missing emerged, he was worried. He spoke with the New York Publish saying that he hoped that his brother was safe wherever he was. In his exact words, he said, “I love my brother. I hope he didn’t get hurt. I am hoping and wishing for the best.”
His younger brother did not spot any signs of depression. Perhaps, if he did, it could have been possible to prevent his death. For sure, the news of his brother could have shocked him terribly.
5. Etika had a deceased brother
Back in October 2010, Amofah lost another son by the name Randy. To this date, the family has not yet disclosed the cause of his death. Clearly, Etika’s death is another blow to the family. Before his death, Etika posted a tribute video to his older brother, Randy. While we may not be in a position to judge Etika, the young soul was going through a lot. Depression is such a severe illness that had to force him to take away his life.
Etika’s death is a blow to his family, friends, and fans. While some people may judge him harshly for committing suicide, his mental illness was becoming too much for him to contain. His death comes exactly 9 years after his brother’s, Randy. His father is a former politician in Ghana who is known for injuring a former president.
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