Stephen “tWitch” Boss, the pleasant “Ellen DeGeneres Show” DJ and dancer who rose to popularity on “So You Think You Can Dance,” has died, according to his wife, fellow dancer Allison Holker Boss, in a statement to CNN. He was 40.
“It is with heavy hearts that I have to inform you that my husband Stephen has left us,” Holker Boss said in a statement. “Stephen brightened every room he entered. Above all, he treasured family, friends, and community, and leading with love and light was everything to him. He was our family’s rock, the best husband and father, and an example to his fans.”
“It would be an understatement to say that he left a legacy, and his positive effects will continue to be felt,” she said. “I’m sure there won’t be a single day when we don’t remember him. During this hard time for me and especially for our three children, we ask for privacy.
The LA County Medical Examiner says that the boss killed himself. The LA County Coroner’s Office finished looking into his death and released the report on Wednesday. The LA County Coroner said that Boss was dead at 11:25 a.m. Tuesday in Encino, which is a suburb of Los Angeles.
Holker Boss ended her speech by saying, “Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I will always save the last dance for you.”
Just a few days ago, they celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary.
On Wednesday, many people shared videos of him dancing and their memories of him on social media.
“A kind soul and a sweet person.. that is how I will remember Twitch… This was his 40th birthday party .. my heart goes out to his family especially Allison and their beautiful kids.. this is devastating… I love you brother and will miss you dearly” Loni Love, a daytime TV personality and comedian, tweeted.
A kind soul and a sweet person.. that is how I will remember Twitch… This was his 40th birthday party .. my heart goes out to his family especially Allison and their beautiful kids.. this is devastating… I love you brother and will miss you dearly. pic.twitter.com/qkmsM3aodT
— loni love (@LoniLove) December 14, 2022
He attended Southern Union State Community College and Chapman University after graduating from Lee High School in Montgomery in 2000.
Six years ago, he chatted with novelist and former football player Lewis Howes for the latter’s podcast about his upbringing, which included being raised by a single mother and how his relationship with his absentee father shaped him.
Boss was a semifinalist on MTV’s “The Wade Robson Project” in 2003, as well as a runner-up on the television talent show “Star Search.”
Being a runner-up on “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2008 marked the start of his climb to popularity, and he would later return to the dance competition as a judge.
Ellen DeGeneres hired him as the DJ for her popular daytime talk show in 2014, a position he held until the show was cancelled this year. The show’s co-executive producer was also Boss.
He communicated with fans through his prominent social media channels, frequently posting videos of himself dancing with his wife. In 2010, they were all-star dancers on Season 7 of “So You Think You Can Dance,” and they fell in love.
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The couple is the parents of three children. On Monday, Boss’ farewell Instagram post showed him and Holker Boss dancing in front of a Christmas tree.