Stephen “tWitch” Boss, best known for being the Ellen DeGeneres Show DJ and for his fun Instagram dance videos with wife Allison Holker Boss, has died at age 40.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to share my husband Stephen has left us,” Holker Boss, 34, said in a statement obtained by People. “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.”
It continued, “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.”
Holker Boss concluded her statement with a message to her husband, saying, “Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I will always save the last dance for you.”
TMZ was first to report the news on Wednesday morning, claiming in an unconfirmed report that Boss died by suicide. They said his wife, Holker Boss went to an unspecified LAPD station to report that Boss had left home without his car, which had her worried. Shortly after, police were called to an L.A. hotel and claim they found him there, deceased.
Boss began his run as DJ on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in 2014. He would remain with her until the show came to an end earlier this year, serving as an executive producer since 2020.
He was runner-up on the fourth season of “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2008 and returned to perform in subsequent seasons. He had carved out an acting career as well, appearing in several “Step Up” movies, as well as “Magic Mike XXL” and “Hairspray.” In addition, he appeared on TV shows such as “Dancing with the Stars,” “Modern Family” and “Bones,” as well as “Ellen’s Game of Games.”
Writing by Omotola Oguneye