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Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss, Ellen DeGeneres Star, Dead at 40

Stephen Laurel, “tWitch” Boss died on December 13 of 2022 as an American freestyle hip-hop dancer, choreographer, actor, and television producer he left many people heartbroken. Boss was known for being Ellen DeGeneres's DJ during her talk show from 2014 to 2022. On Tuesday morning, Boss was found dead in Encino motel at age 40 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Boss left a suicide note addressing the struggles he was facing that ultimately led to his untimely death. 

In 2008, Boss gained popularity with his appearance on the fourth season of “So You Think You Can Dance” after he placed second in the competition. After being on the famous dancing reality show, he met Ellen DeGeneres and became a DJ for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” as well as Ellen's game show “Game of Games.” Ellen DeGeneres has also reached out and made a tribute in honor of Boss.  


On social media, Ellen DeGeneres mentioned, “Right now what I want to do is remember all the love and laughter I had with tWitch. He brought so much joy to my life. I know he brought joy to yours too. I'm going to be sharing some of my favorite moments with him. If you want to you can also share yours.”


Boss was married to Allison Holker from 2013 to 2022, they have three children; Weslie Fowler, Zaia Boss, and Maddox Laurel Boss. The devastated Holker shared that "Stephen lit up every room he stepped into. He valued family, friends, and community above all else, and leading with love and the light was everything to him. He was the backbone of our family, the best husband and father, and an inspiration to his fans."


The internet and social media have gone into a frenzy after hearing the news about the death of “tWitch” however his family and friends requested privacy during these hard times, "To say he left a legacy would be an understatement, and his positive impact will continue to be felt," Holker said. "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." If you or someone that you know that is considering suicide, please contact 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988

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