Stephen “tWitch” Boss, the longtime and beloved dancing DJ on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and a former contestant on So You Think You Can Dance, has died at the age of 40.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I’ve to share my husband Stephen has left us,” his spouse Allison Holker Boss mentioned in a press release to People journal.
“Stephen lit up each room he stepped into. He valued household, pals and group above all else and main with love and lightweight was every little thing to him. He was the spine of our household, the most effective husband and father, and an inspiration to his followers.”
The Los Angeles coroner mentioned Boss’ reason behind loss of life was suicide.
Boss began his tenure at The Ellen Show in 2014 and was later promoted to co-executive producer in 2020.
“I’m heartbroken. tWitch was pure love and lightweight. He was my household, and I cherished him with all my coronary heart. I’ll miss him.
“Please ship your love and assist to Allison and his lovely youngsters – (*40*), Maddox, and Zaia,” Ellen DeGeneres acknowledged on Twitter, alongside a photograph of the 2 embracing in a hug backstage.
The dancer-DJ additionally appeared in movies like Step Up: All In and Magic Mike XXL and was featured in Disney+’s The Hip Hop Nutcracker, launched this yr.
He positioned as a runner-up on So You Think You Can Dance and later judged season 17 of the dance competitors present.
The Alabama native studied dance efficiency at Southern Union State Community College and Chapman University.
His love of dancing permeated by means of all features of his life as he aspired to emulate greats like Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire.
“My private opinion: The biggest of all time needed to be Gene Kelly, man. Gene Kelly, as a result of he’s a man’s man. I like Fred Astaire, however Fred Astaire was so easy, and it was nice. He was so elegant,” Boss mentioned in an interview with the Associated Press in 2014.
“But Gene Kelly – he may very well be like any individual’s dad, who simply determined to rise up off the sofa and dance round and clear the kitchen up.”
Boss posted dance movies on TikTok along with his spouse, who can be an expert dancer, with their youngsters making visitor appearances.
Celebrities like Questlove, Kerry Washington and Carrie Ann Inaba posted on social media in mourning.
“I’ve no phrases man. May his household discover decision on this darkish time. May all of us discover peace of thoughts in our on a regular basis lives. Everyday is a winding street an you simply might by no means know who’s on the sting,” Questlove posted on Instagram.
“Twitch introduced pleasure and like to folks all around the world by means of music and thru dance. My coronary heart is heavy at the moment for his household and all of those that knew and cherished him,” Washington additionally posted on Instagram.
“He was a particular one. An excellent man, a husband, an artist, a dancer, an entertainer, a vibrant mild…He was extraordinary. He might do something and he did it with a pleasure and charm and a few swagger.
“Twitch, I’m at a loss… my coronary heart appears to be frozen… like I don’t wish to exhale, hoping that possibly if I don’t exhale, that somebody will appropriate this horrible mistake. And all will probably be okay once more,” Inaba, a Dancing with the Stars choose, posted on Instagram.
Boss’ passing was first reported by TMZ.
He is survived by his spouse and three youngsters. – AP
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