People around the world are mourning the death of dancer, choreographer, actor, DJ, producer, and television personality Stephen “tWitch” Boss. tWitch died on December 13 at the age of 40.
A report from the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner stated tWitch “died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.” His manner of death was listed as “suicide” and his place of death was listed as “hotel/motel.”
tWitch’s wife of nine years, Allison Holker, released the following statement to PEOPLE about his death:
“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. To say he left a legacy would be an understatement, and his positive impact will continue to be felt.” Going on, she said, “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 continued, “Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I will always save the last dance for you.”
tWitch and Allison share three children: Weslie, Maddox, and Zaia. Weslie is Allison’s daughter from a previous relationship, and tWitch adopted her after he and Allison married.
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Many people knew tWitch from The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He was first featured as a guest DJ on the show in 2014. He later joined the show full-time, and eventually became an executive producer in 2020. tWitch remained with the show until its conclusion earlier this year.
After learning about tWitch’s death, Ellen said:
“I’m heartbroken. 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.”
Tons of people paused to pay tribute to tWitch after his passing. One of the most emotional tributes came from country singer Jimmie Allen, who was friends with tWitch.
Jimmie shared a video of tWitch goofing off in a dressing room while trying on a cowboy hat. He captioned the clip:
“Stephen (Twitch) my brother, one the best people I’ve ever gotten to know. I gonna miss the laughs, the jokes, the honest conversations and these random videos. We are gonna miss you. Thank you for your light. Praying for Allison and the children. This hurts.“
In a followup tweet, Jimmie wrote:
“DAMMIT!!!! I can NOT!!! do this today!!!!!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE check on your family and friends. People are struggling. I catch y’all another day…Love & Light.”
We too, join Jimmie in sending our prayers to Allison, her and tWitch’s children, and to tWitch’s many loved ones and friends during this difficult time.
If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, text “TALK ” to 741-741, or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org.