Stephen Boss worked as a DJ, co-executive producer, and occasionally a guest presenter on The Ellen DeGeneres Show since 2014. He served as Ellen DeGeneres’ announcer and sidekick on Ellen’s Game of Games from 2017 to 2021.
He had earned the moniker “tWitch” and was well-known for it.
Sadly Stephen died at the age of 40 and the news was confirmed by his wife, fellow dancer Allison Holker Boss in a statement to CNN.
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner has determined that Stephen “tWitch” Boss’s cause of death was suicide.
According to the LA County Coroner, Boss was declared dead at about 11:25 a.m. on Tuesday in the Encino area of Los Angeles.
In response to the heartbreaking news, Ellen DeGeneres posted a touching message and a picture of the couple hugging.
“I’m heartbroken. tWitch was pure love and light,” she wrote on Instagram. “He was my family, and I loved him with all my heart. I will miss him.”
DeGeneres concluded: “Please send your love and support to Allison and his beautiful children – Weslie, Maddox, and Zaia.”
Boss’s buddies from So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars as well as celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, JoJo Siwa, and Jada Pinkett Smith paid tribute to him online.
Boss was born in Montgomery, Alabama, and acquired his moniker as a young boy because to his restlessness.
After graduating from Lee High School in Montgomery in 2000, Stephen Boss attended Chapman University and Southern Union State Community College to pursue dance performance.
For Lewis Howes’ podcast six years prior, Stephen had a conversation about his upbringing, including being raised by a single mother, and how his relationship with his absent father had influenced him.
Moreover, Stephen was the father of three children ( Zaia, 3, Maddox, 6, and Weslie, 14), two of whom are biological and one who was adopted. Weslie Fowler, her child from a previous relationship, was legally adopted by him when he married Allison Holker Boss in 2013.
Allison Holker Boss said in a statement, “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,” she added. “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.”
Concluding her post, Allison added a message for her husband: “Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I will always save the last dance for you.”