Stephen “tWitch” Boss, the lovable “Ellen DeGeneres Show” DJ and dancer who rose to fame with “So You Think You Can Dance,” has passed away, his wife, fellow dancer Allison Holker Boss, confirmed in a statement to CNN.
He was 40.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I must share that my husband Stephen has left us,” Holker Boss said in a statement. Stephen lit up every room he entered. 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 added. “I’m sure not a day goes by that we don’t honor his memory. We ask for privacy at this difficult time for myself and especially for our three children.”
No further information has been released about the cause of his death.
CNN has contacted the LAPD and the LA County Coroner for comment.
Holker Boss concluded her statement by saying, “Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I’ll always save the last dance for you.”
The couple celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary a few days ago.
He was mourned on social media on Wednesday by many who danced videos of him and shared their memories.
“A kind soul and a sweet person.. that’s how I will remember Twitch… This was his 40th birthday party.. my heart goes out to his family, especially Allison and their beautiful children.. this is devastating… I love from your brother and will miss you dearly,” daytime TV presenter and comedian Loni Love tweeted.
Born in Montgomery, Alabama, Boss earned his nickname as a child when he couldn’t sit still.
He graduated from Lee High School in Montgomery in 2000 and went on to study dance performance at Southern Union State Community College and Chapman University.
Six years ago, he spoke to author and former footballer Lewis Howes for his podcast and talked about his background, including being raised by a single mother and how his relationship with his absent father shaped him.
“I’ve always been the ‘don’t tell me what I won’t do,’ type,” Boss said. “I remember when I was with [his father] outside of work in the parking lot and tell him, “Hey, I’m on the dance team.” I need some shows and some money to get supplies’ and he went on with this tangent… I was like ‘Oh, that means I really have to do this then.’”
In 2003, Boss was a semifinalist in MTV’s “The Wade Robson Project” and was also a runner-up in the TV talent contest “Star Search”.
The second place in “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2008 marked the beginning of his fame and he would later return to serve as a judge for the dance competition.
Ellen DeGeneres hired him in 2014 to DJ her popular daytime talk show, a job he held until the show went off the air this year. Boss was also a co-executive producer on the show.
He kept in touch with fans through his popular social media accounts and often shared videos of him dancing with his wife.
The pair were all-star dancers on Season 7’s “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2010 and had a romantic connection.
“We danced at that season’s wrap party of ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ and we’ve been together ever since,” Boss told People in February.
“There was no dialogue, there was no conversation or a first meeting place. Literally, we danced and we were holding hands together the next day,” Holker Boss added. “And we’ve never looked back.”
The couple are the parents of three children. Boss’s latest Instagram post on Monday showed him and Holker Boss dancing in front of a Christmas tree.