‘Ellen’ show DJ, Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss, dies at 40

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Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss, the longtime DJ on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show, has died, his wife announced Wednesday.

He was 40.

Bosss was reported to have died just before 11:30 AM local time in Encino on Tuesday. Online records list the manner of death as suicide and the place of death as a “hotel/motel.”

Allison Holker Boss his wife and mother of three, made a statement regarding her husband’s passing.

Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss (Maarten de Boer / NBC)

She said, “It is with the deepest of heart that I have to tell you about Stephen’s passing.” “He was the backbone in our family, the greatest husband and father, as well as an inspiration to his followers. It would be an understatement to say that he left a lasting legacy. His positive influence will be felt for many years to come.

Holker Boss shared that her husband valued family and friends as well as community and said that “leading with love was everything to him.”

“I am certain there won’t be a day that goes by that we won’t honor his memory,” she continued, noting the family is asking for privacy. “Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I will always save the last dance for you.”

According to The Ellen DeGeneres Report, Boss joined “The Ellen DeGeneres Program” as a guest DJ in 2014. Deadline. In 2020, he was appointed executive producer.

Boss was an ex-contestant on “So You Think You Can Dance”, and appeared in numerous “Step Up” films. According to his biography IMDb profile.

He and his wife, also a dancer who appeared on “So You Think You Can Dance,” posted a video of themselves dancing in front of their Christmas tree on their Instagram accounts Sunday

Both are also available for download Instagram posts Celebrate their achievements ninth wedding anniversary This week, earlier.

In Holker Boss’ post, she wrote: “Saying YES to @sir_twitch_alot It was one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made in my entire life! I feel so grateful and loved. You are my baby, and I won’t take your love or OUR love for granted. I LOVE YOU.”

Boss was the subject of many tributes.

Ellen DeGeneres said she was “heartbroken” by news of Boss’ death, calling him “pure love and light.”

She shared a photo of her and Boss hugging and wrote: “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.”

Warner Bros. Television Group remembered Boss as a “multi-faceted talent and integral part of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

“He had the ability to bring communities of people together each day to share in joy and laughter. Most importantly, he was a beloved friend, husband, and father,” the studio said.

Paula Abdul, a former judge on “So You Think You Can Dance,” said: “tWitch greeted the world every day with a beautiful smile that was a direct reflection of his beautiful heart. He was a beacon of light & a true talent whose legacy & impact will live on in the dance community.”

Andy Lassner, previously an executive producer on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” tweeted a photo of himself, Boss and DeGeneres with the caption: “Rest, my friend.”

Singer and TV personality Tamar Braxton commented on Holker Boss’ last Instagram post, writing: “My heart is broken. I’m sooooo sorry.”

Actor Olivia Munn also commented on the post: “Oh my goodness… my whole heart is with you and your family.”

Actor Viola Davis said she was “at a loss for words right now,” adding she was “praying for his family and loved ones.”

Jada Pinkett Smith appeared in the film “Magic Mike” with Boss.

“I woke up this morning to the news that tWitch is gone. My heart aches for his wife Allison and their children Weslie, Maddox and Zaia,” she wrote in an Instagram post that included a photo She is pictured with Donald Glover and Boss.

“We had a lot of good times on the set of Magic Mike. He was sweet, kind, and generous. Many people suffer in silence. I wish he could have known that he didn’t have to,” Pinkett Smith added.

Call 988 if you or someone you care about is in crisis. The network was previously called the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 800-273-8255Text HOME to 741741, or visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources Additional resources are available.

This article was first published on NBCNews.com

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