- Former “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” DJ Stephen “tWitch” Boss has died.
- His death was ruled a suicide, according to the Los Angeles Medical Examiner-Coroner.
- Boss was a contestant and judge on the dance competition show “So You Think You Can Dance”.
Stephen “tWitch” Boss, the dance superstar who was a regular DJ on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and a contestant and judge on the “So You Think You Can Dance” dance competition series, has died. He was 40 years old.
Boss’s wife, Allison Holker Boss, confirmed his death in a statement to People. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office confirmed Boss died at 11:25 p.m. Tuesday in Encino, Calif., at a hotel. His official manner of dying was ruled suicide, the coroner’s office confirmed Thursday.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I must share that my husband, Stephen, has left us,” Holker Boss said.
“Stephen lit up every room he walked in. He valued family, friends and community above all else and leading with love and light was everything to him. He was the backbone of our family, the best husband and father, and an inspiration to his fans.”
She continued, “To say he left a legacy would be an understatement, and his positive impact will continue to be felt. I’m sure not a day will go by that we don’t honor his memory. We ask privacy during this difficult time for me and especially for our three children.”
“Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I will always save you the last dance,” she said, concluding her statement.
FromGeneres tweeted about Boss Wednesday with a photo of the two hugs:
“I am heartbroken,” she tweeted. “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 her beautiful children – Weslie, Maddox and Zaia.”
—Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 14, 2022
“So You Think You Can Dance” commemorated the contestant-turned-judge on his Twitter account on Wednesday.
“We will always remember Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss for the light and joy he brought into our lives and into the hearts of so many. We mourn alongside his family, loved ones and fans. tWitch, you will be sorely missed,” the show said. wrote.
—So you think you can dance (@DANCEonFOX) December 14, 2022
Jojo Siwa, Boss’ fellow judge on the show, posted a photo of herself on Instagram wearing a bracelet with the word “forever” on it.
“I bought this today to remember twitch,” she wrote, adding the broken heart emoji to the Instagram story.
Boss grew up in Montgomery, Alabama, and studied dance at Southern Union State Community College and Chapman University.
His dance moves earned him a spot as a semi-finalist on MTV’s “The Wade Robson Project” in the early 2000s.
He then became a choreographer and ballet teacher, but returned to the limelight in 2008 when he took part in the fourth season of “So You Think You Can Dance” and finished second.
In April 2014, he was featured on “Ellen” as the show’s guest DJ and became a hit. He continued in this role and as a co-host until the show ended in May. He served as the show’s executive producer from 2020.
Boss also hosted “Ellen’s Game of Games” with DeGeneres.
He also appeared in “Blades of Glory”, “Hairspray” and “Magic Mike XXL”.
Boss is survived by his wife and three children.