Stephen Boss, better known as ‘tWitch,’ was the beloved DJ-turned-executive producer who worked on The Ellen DeGeneres Show for nine years and got his big break on “So You Think You Can Dance.” His wife, fellow “SYTYCD“ star Allison Holker Boss, has confirmed he has passed away.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to share my husband Stephen has left us,” Holker said. “Stephen lit up every room he stepped into. 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.”
Her statement continued, “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.”
She also shared a message to her husband, “Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I will always save the last dance for you.”
The pair met on “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2010, and have three children together; daughters Weslie, 13, and Zaia, 2, and son Maddox, 6.
Boss is well known to viewer of reality television, getting his Hollywood start in 2003 as a contestant on MTV’s “The Wade Robson Project,”and as a runner up on talent competition “Star Search” before moving on to “SYTYCD” in 2008, where he would go on to meet Holker. The pro dancers were all-stars together on the seventh season in 2010, and got together at the end of that year’s competition. In 2014, Boss joined “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” as a guest DJ, eventually becoming a breakout star on the series. He was elevated to co-executive producer status in 2020.
DeGeneres has posted about his passing on her Instagram.
The dancer, choreographer, actor and producer died by suicide, a rep confirmed. He was 40 years old.
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