American YouTube star Desmond "Etika" Amofah has been found dead in New York after he went missing six days ago.

A statement from the New York City Police Department said: "We regret to inform that Desmond Amofah aka Etika has been found deceased."

The 29-year-old video games vlogger was well known for his videos in which he played and commented on Nintendo games.

He had posted videos on YouTube since 2012 and had hundreds of thousands of followers across the platform and social media sites Instagram and Twitter.

Fellow YouTubers have paid tribute to Etika on Twitter.

Felix Kjellberg, known online as PewDiePie, wrote: "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."

Daniel Keem, better known as KeemStar, tweeted: "He was a great Entertainer. One of the best streamers in the game.

"He lost a channel of over 800k subs and made a new one and was right back pulling thousands of viewers.

"Wherever he's laid to rest I'll be there."

Ali Kabbani, who uses the name Myth online, commented: "RIP Etika. To anyone out there struggling with an inner battle, my heart is with you and please get the right help or talk to those closest to you."

The official YouTube Creators Twitter account posted a message which said: "We mourn the loss of Etika, a beloved member of our gaming creator community.

"All of us at YouTube are sending condolences to his loved ones and fans."

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