Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss, 'Ellen DeGeneres Show' DJ, Dead at 40
Stephen “tWitch” Boss, who was the DJ on "The Ellen Degeneres Show," has died at 40, the Los County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed.
In a statement to People, his wife Allison Holker shared, "It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to share my husband Stephen has left us," Allison said. "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," she continued. "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."
In closing, Allison shared a message for Boss, saying, "Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I will always save the last dance for you.”
Earlier, TMZ reported that Stephen's death was an apparent suicide.
Law enforcement sources told the site that Holker entered an LAPD station on Tuesday concerned about her husband because he left home without his car, which she considered unusual.
Originally, TMZ reported the police received a call about a shooting at an L.A. hotel. According to TMZ, Stephen was found dead, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Later, the manager at the Oak Tree Inn in Encino shared with us that Boss checked into the hotel on Monday. He had not checked out by 11 a.m. Tuesday, so management went to knock on the door at about 11:15 a.m. It was then that a housekeeper discovered his body in the room.
Boss’ last Instagram posts from just a few days ago included a dance with Allison in front of their Christmas tree and throwback photos from their wedding as they celebrated their nine-year anniversary.
Stephen and Allison share three children: Maddox, 6, and Zaia, 3, and Allison’s daughter Weslie, 14, from a previous relationship.
“Extra” recently spoke to Allison, and she opened up about how her and Stephen “always danced in our relationship whether it be like in the kitchen or just for fun,” and how they worked together on “The Hip Hop Nutcracker.” Watch.
The two pro dancers met as all-stars on Season 7 of “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2010, and wed in 2013.
Boss was the DJ on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” from 2014-2022. He was named an executive producer of the show in 2020.
In May, tWitch opened up "Extra" about the show coming to an end, saying, “We’ve really created a family over there… created all kinds of memories and good actions.”
Recalling one of his favorite memories from the show, Boss shared, “I remember my first time being on the show, I was in the midst of planning my wedding and then just sitting here talking with Ellen DeGeneres… I think, just really being there and just all of the laughs that we’ve had, we’ve had a ton of laughs… being surrounded by the best light every day from front to back, the audience, the crew, Ellen… I’m gonna miss it.”
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