Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss’ autopsy reveals new details about death
More than five months after Stephen “tWitch” Boss died at the age of 40 in December 2022, a new autopsy and police report provide more details about his death.
Shortly after So you think you can dance After the alum’s death, the Los Angeles County coroner confirmed that he died by suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. According to the new autopsy and police report obtained by Us weekly As of Wednesday, May 24, no drugs or alcohol were found in Boss’s system at the time of his death.
The documents also revealed that Boss’s widow, Allison Holkerwho married the Alabama native in 2013, told officials, “To your knowledge [Boss] has no history of attempted suicide or suicidal thoughts.” Holker, 35, also told law enforcement at the time that her husband had “no mental health issues.” [and] has no financial or marital problems.”
The Ellen DeGeneres Show DJ was found dead on December 13, 2022 at the Oak Tree Inn in Encino, California. Earlier this month, Holker gave her first television interview since losing her husband.
“I still feel like the rest of the world where I’m still in shock,” the dancer said Hoda Kotb during an emotional Today show appearance. “Nobody is prepared for this moment and nobody saw it coming. Nobody – and that breaks my heart too.”
The Minnesota native said it was “so sad” that none of her late husband’s family knew he was suffering. “He wanted to be the strong one for everyone and I think the thought that he might have to ask for help scared him a little,” she explained. “He was so much love and light. He really wanted to be everyone’s Superman and he said that a lot.”
In addition to coping with her own grief, Holker had difficulty explaining Boss’s death to her three children. The duo shared son Maddox, 7, and daughter Zaia, 3. Boss also adopted Holker’s 14-year-old daughter, Weslie, from a previous relationship after they exchanged vows.
“There have been some really difficult conversations. For us, dad is in the stars. So we can go outside and talk to him whenever we want. … They just ask, ‘When is dad coming back?’ and that’s a really tough question,” she shared.
The choreographer admitted she initially wondered if she had “missed” a clue to how much her husband was struggling. “At some point I had to tell myself that there’s nothing I can do to change what happened,” she said. “I don’t allow myself to be angry or sad, although I allow myself to feel it. I feel so much pain because I have experienced so much love.”
If you or someone you know is experiencing emotional distress or is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).