Stephen “tWitch” Boss, 40, died unexpectedly. Boss was the dancing DJ on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and appeared on “So You Think You Can Dance.” In a press statement, his wife, Alison Holker Boss, confirmed his death.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to share that my husband, Stephen, has left us,” she said.
“Stephen lit up every room he stepped into. He valued family, friends and community above all else and leading with love and the light was everything to him. He was the backbone of our family, the best husband and father, and an inspiration to his fans.”
Alison did not specify the cause of her husband’s death. However, close friends, family, and fans of the famous DJ, particularly Ellen, who has worked with Boss since 2014, expressed their sadness at the incident. Boss first appeared on “The Ellen Show” in 2014. Ellen elevated him to executive producer of the program in 2020.
“I’m heartbroken. tWitch was pure love and light. He was my family, and I loved him with all my heart. I will miss him. Please send your love and support to Allison and his beautiful children – Weslie, Maddox, and Zaia,” said Ellen in a Tweet.
“To say he left a legacy would be an understatement, and his positive impact will continue to be felt. I am certain there won’t be a day that goes by that we won’t honor his memory. We ask for privacy during this difficult time for myself and especially for our three children,” Alison continued.
“Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I will always save the last dance for you,” she concluded.
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Boss rising in the industry
Throughout his career in the entertainment world, Boss was involved in several productions. First, he appeared as a participant on MTV’s The Wade Robson Project. Following that, Boss competed in Star Search, finishing as a runner-up.
In 2008, he competed in So You Think You Can Dance, finishing as a runner-up. Following that, Boss returned to the SYTYCD cast for the All-Star season. Finally, he was chosen as a judge for this year’s tournament. Ellen hired Boss for The Ellen Show in 2014 and later promoted him to executive producer.
“Let’s get it! The summer is already looking brighter. So excited and honored to be on the panel for an all-new season of So You Think You Can Dance!” he posted on Instagram.
“My personal opinion: The greatest of all time had to be Gene Kelly, man. Gene Kelly, because he’s a guy’s guy. I love Fred Astaire, but Fred Astaire was so smooth and great. He was so classy,” said Boss in an interview explaining his inspirations.
“But Gene Kelly could be like somebody’s dad, who just decided to get up off the couch and dance around and clean the kitchen up.”
Boss as DJ in The Ellen Show
Apart from Boss’ family, no one was more heartbroken by the news of his death than Ellen DeGeneres. The two musicians have come a long way in their careers and have shared moments in front and behind the camera. A few months ago, Ellen devoted a segment of an episode to paying respect to Boss, also known as tWitch, by presenting him with a photograph of him and Ellen hugging tightly. Ellen also welcomed Boss’ mother and best friend for the special program.
“Sorry, I was not prepared,” Boss said, teary-eyed.
“I love you, and also, I love the family that we’ve gained here. But something that I’ll always remember is that you gave me a place where I could just be myself,” he added.
“I came here to dance one time, to do a dance for you. And now, I’ve gained a family. I’ve gotten married. We’ve had more kids on the show. Whether I was the real DJ or not, I’ve always felt at home. I thank you for that, Ellen. These unforgettable times.”
“He’s my pal. He’s my sidekick. We have this connection, so, just looking over and — he makes me laugh. He really, really makes me laugh. He’s never going to be out of my life. He’s always going to be a part of my life,” said Ellen.
“I used to be a huge fan of So You Think You Can Dance, and I wanted to do a dance. So, the producers of So You Think You Can Dance set me up with tWitch. tWitch came over to my house and helped me try copying it. It was like a crash course in getting to know each other. He was so patient with me. That was my initial love for him — we bonded over learning to dance together,” Ellen explained how she met with Boss.
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Other artists’ reaction
Many celebrities expressed their sympathies to the Boss family on social media. Stephen, according to sources, committed suicide. Many celebrities, like Kerry Washington and Questlove, expressed their sorrow about the event on social media.
“I have no words, man. May his family find a resolution in this dark time. May we all find peace of mind in our everyday lives. Every day is a winding road, and you just may never know who is on edge,” posted Questlove on Instagram.
“Twitch brought joy and love to people all over the world through music and dance. My heart is heavy today for his family and all of those who knew and loved him,” Washington said in an Instagram post.
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