Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss, the long-time dancing DJ on the The Ellen DeGeneres Show, died by suicide at the age of 40.
The news of his passing was shared by his wife, Allison Holker. In a statement for People, devastated Walker wrote, “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. I am certain there won’t be a day that goes by that we won’t honour 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.”
According to reports, the L.A. police department responded to a call of “death investigation,” at a motel Stephen checked in shortly before taking his own life. The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner has confirmed the cause of death as suicide.
Stephen worked as a DJ and a co-host on The Ellen DeGeneres Show from 2014 to the show’s conclusion earlier this year. In 2020, he was promoted to co-executive producer of the daytime talk show. At the end of the final season, he and Ellen sat down to reflect on their work together.
Following his passing, the talk show host took to the social media to reveal how much he meant to her.
“I’m heartbroken,” Ellen wrote alongside a photo of her and tWitch hugging on the stage of her show. “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.”
Many of Stephen’s friends said their final goodbyes.
Ciara wrote, “I am so crushed to hear the news that you are no longer with us. I’ve always known you as joy, laughter, good times, and a big smile! Heaven has gained an angel today!
May you rest in paradise. Praying for your family during this difficult time,” adding a heart and a praying emoji.
Stephen and wife Allison were married since 2013. They shared two biological children together and he was also a father to a step-daughter.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Holker and the rest of tWitch’s loved ones during this heartbreaking time.
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