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YouTubers Who Are Gone but Not Forgotten

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Social media has become such a big part of our life, we truly believe that some of the influencers we follow are our friends IRL. Or at least we know more about them than some co-workers or family members. 

That's what makes the loss of a YouTuber so hard. Especially when their death was unexpected or tragic. And unfortunately, more than a few of our favorite YouTubers have died since the launch of the video streaming platform. 

Take a look back at some of the YouTube stars we lost too soon — but won't ever forget. 

Here are the YouTubers who died far too soon:

1. Etika (real name: Desmond Amofah)

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The 29-year-old YouTuber, who was known for hosting live streams and creating videos covering video games, was found dead in June 2019 after being reported missing. 

Before his disappearance, he posted a concerning video titled "I'm Sorry" that had fans very worried. 

"I shouldn't have pushed so many people away — now I got nobody," Etika said before his death. "You know, I wasn't suicidal before, I really wasn't. But one thing I didn't realize is that the walls are closing in on me so fast... I really had no intention of killing myself but I would always push it too far. I guess I am mentally ill."