‘Ellen’ show DJ, Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss, dies at 40


Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss, the longtime DJ on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show, has died, according to his wife.

He was 40.

Boss died by suicide, according to multiple sources familiar with the investigation.

Boss was pronounced dead in Encino just before 11:30 a.m. local time on Tuesday, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner said. Online records list the place of death as a “hotel/motel.”

His wife, Allison Holker Boss, with whom he shares three children, issued a statement Wednesday about her husband’s death.

Stephen ‘tWitch’ boss in 2018.Maarten de Boer/NBC

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I must share that my husband Stephen has left us,” she said. “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.”

Holker Boss said her husband valued family, friends and community, adding that “leading with love and light was everything to him”.

“I am sure not a day will go by that we will not honor his memory,” she continued, noting that the family is asking for privacy. “Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I’ll always save the last dance for you.”

According to Deadline, Boss joined “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in 2014 as a guest DJ. He became an executive producer of the show in 2020.

Boss was a former contestant on the dance competition show “So You Think You Can Dance” and appeared in several “Step Up” movies, according to his IMDb profile.

He and his wife, also a dancer who appeared on “So You Think You Can Dance,” posted a video of themselves dancing in front of their Christmas tree to their Instagram accounts on Sunday.

Both also posted Instagram posts earlier this week in honor of their ninth wedding anniversary.

In Holker’s post she wrote: “Saying YES to @sir_twitch_alot has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life!! I feel so blessed and loved!! I love you baby and I will never take you or OUR love for granted! I LOVE YOU.”

On Wednesday, the tributes poured in for Boss.

Ellen DeGeneres said she was “heartbroken” by news of Boss’s death, calling him “pure love and light”.

She shared a photo of her and Boss hugging and wrote: “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.

Warner Bros. Television Group remembered Boss as a “versatile talent and an integral part of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

“He had the ability to bring communities of people together every day to share in joy and laughter. Most importantly, he was a beloved friend, husband and father,” the studio said.

Paula Abdul, a former “So You Think You Can Dance” judge, said, “tWitch greeted the world every day with a beautiful smile that was a direct reflection of his beautiful heart. He was a beacon of light and a true talent whose legacy and impact will live on in the dance community.”

Andy Lassner, previously executive producer of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” tweeted a photo of himself, Boss and DeGeneres with the caption: “Rest, my friend.”

Singer and TV personality Tamar Braxton commented on Holker Boss’ latest Instagram post, writing, “My heart is broken. I’m soooo sorry.”

Actor Olivia Munn also commented on the post, “Oh my god… my whole heart is with you and your family.”

Actor Viola Davis said she was “out of words at this point”, adding that she was “praying for his family and loved ones”.

Jada Pinkett Smith appeared in the movie “Magic Mike” with Boss.

“I woke up this morning to the news that tWitch is gone. My heart aches for his wife Allison and their children Weslie, Maddox and Zaia,” she wrote in an Instagram post that included a photo of her with Boss and Donald Glover.

“We had a lot of good times on the set of Magic Mike. He was so sweet, kind and generous. So many people suffer in silence. I wish he could have known he didn’t have to,” Pinkett Smith added.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. You can also call the network, formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, at 800-273-8255text HOME to 741741 or visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for additional resources.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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