Friends, colleagues and loved ones are mourning the loss of DJ, choreographer and television personality Stephen “tWitch” Boss, who died this week aged 40.
“I was heartbroken to learn of the death of Stephen ‘tWitch’ boss, brought to my attention over the years through my ‘Let’s Move! former first lady tweeted. “My heart goes out to his wife Allison and their three children at this difficult time.”
Boss, was best known as a longtime and popular dance DJ on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and a former contestant on So You Think You Can Dance.
“It is heartbreaking to hear that someone who brought so much joy into a room was hurt so badly behind closed doors.” Justin Timberlake tweeted. “I’ve known Twitch for over 20 years through the dance community – he always made everything shine. You just never know what someone is really going through.”
Boss was pronounced dead at a motel in Encino Tuesday morning, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. On Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said the official cause of death was suicide with a gunshot wound to the head.
“I’m heartbroken,” DeGeneres said in a tweet. “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.”
Boss’s wife, dancer Allison Holker, issued a statement Wednesday confirming her husband’s death.
“Stephen lit up every room he walked into,” Holker’s statement reads. “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.”
In addition to being part of the show The Ellen DeGeneres, Boss competed in the fourth season of So You Think You Can Dance, placed runner-up, and returned to the show as an All-Star in subsequent seasons. He returned as a judge for Season 17.
“My heart is more than broken. Twitch has been a best friend and a mentor, not just to me, but to SO many. I will never forget our work together on SYTYCD, he became such a light in my life,” dancer JoJo Siwa wrote on Instagram. “Someone I’ve looked up to since birth became one of my best friends. Twitch always had the best advice. We had so much laugh, smile and even cry together. I know you’re in a better place now, but man we’re all going to fucking miss you.”
In addition to adopting Holker’s daughter, Weslie, from a previous relationship, Boss and Holker shared two children, Maddox Laurel, 6, and Zaia, 3.
“Man, I’m so sorry to hear the heartbreaking news about Twitch,” said Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson tweeted. “Great guy. Send all the love, light, power and mana to his family.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts or mental health issues, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 to connect with a trained counselor or Visit the NSPL website.
Good Morning America contributed to this report.
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