Stephen “Twitch” Boss, a “So You Think You Can Dance” contestant and the DJ on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” has died. He was just 40 years old.
The actor, dancer, and producer died by suicide with a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.
Twitch’s wife, Allison Holker, 34, said in a statement to the Post, “It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to share my husband Stephen has left us. 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.”
As reported by The New York Post,
“Holker, a professional dancer who also appeared on “So You Think You Can Dance,” reportedly ran frantically into an LAPD station, saying her husband had left home without his car, which she claimed was unlike him, according to law enforcement sources.
Police later got a call about a shooting at an LA hotel, where they found Boss with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
Holker continued in her statement saying, “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. Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I will always save the last dance for you.”
Friends and Fans alike flooded social media with love and support for Twitch and his family.
Justin Timberlake said in a Twitter Post,
It’s heartbreaking to hear that someone who brought so much joy to a room, was hurting so much behind closed doors. I’ve known Twitch for over 20 years through the dance community – he always lit everything up. You just never know what someone is really going through.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) December 14, 2022
Michele Obama said,
I was heartbroken to learn about the passing of Stephen “tWitch” Boss, who I got to know over the years through my Let’s Move! initiative and visits to The Ellen Show. My heart goes out to his wife, Allison, and his three children during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/C5AEmlfOrj
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) December 14, 2022
The Rock also sent his condolences saying,
Man I am so sorry to hear the heartbreaking news about Twitch.
Great guy. Sending his family all the love, light, strength and mana. I’ve lost a lot of friends to the struggle. You never know what’s happening between the ears.
So sorry Boss family. Stay strong. #stephenboss 🕊️
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 14, 2022
Our hearts go out to his family and his three young children that he left behind.