Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss, Famed ‘Ellen’ DJ, Dead at 40
Stephen "tWitch" Boss, the DJ featured on The Ellen Show and So You Think You Can Dance alum, has died. He was 40.
Boss' wife, dancer Allison Holker, confirmed his death to People.
TMZ reports Boss died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
According to TMZ, Holker, told police that Boss had left home without his car, which was unusual.
Boss was discovered at a hotel in LA, where he was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to People, an official LAPD investigation is ongoing.
"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," Holker said in a statement to People.
"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. I am certain there won’t be a day that goes by that we won’t honor his memory. Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I will always save the last dance for you," she concluded.
Boss and Holker were married in 2013. The couple recently celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary.
Boss is survived by his wife and their three children: Weslie, 14, Maddox, 6, and Zaia, 3.
Boss was a freestyle hip hop dancer who made a name for himself on shows including The Wade Robson Project and Star Search in the early 2000s. He later went on to choreograph for major K-pop group Big Bang under YG Entertainment.
From there, he appeared in movies in the Step Up franchise and Magic Mike XXL, as well as Hairspray and Stomp the Yard.
In 2008, he was a runner-up on popular dance competition show So You Think You Can Dance. He went on to perform as an All-Star in Seasons 7, 8 and 9, and eventually became a judge. Boss and Holker met on the show.
Boss joined Ellen DeGeneres as a DJ on her talk show in 2014. He became a co-executive producer on the show in 2020.
Boss and Holker also co-hosted Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings together. The couple posted many family dance videos on social media.
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