Rest in Peace Stephen “tWitch” Boss. The choreographer, DJ and co-host for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” has died. According to TMZ, Boss died Tuesday at a hotel and it appears by suicide.
Law enforcement sources tell us Stephen’s wife Allison Holker ran into an LAPD station Tuesday, and she was frantic because she said Stephen had left home without his car — something that was not like him at all.
We’re told, a short time later police got a call for a shooting at an L.A. hotel … and they found Stephen there, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Boss’ wife, Allison Holker Boss, confirmed his passing in a statement issued to PEOPLE.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to share my husband Stephen has left us,” Allison, 34, began. “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 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.”
Closing her statement, Allison shared a message for her husband. “Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I will always save the last dance for you,” she concluded.
Boss, known as “tWitch” on DeGeneres’ daytime talk show, joined the show as a guest DJ in 2014 before becoming a permanent fixture and later being named the show’s co-executive producer in 2020. Boss first caught DeGeneres’ attention in 2010 when he was part of the cast of “So You Think You Can Dance” and worked with DeGeneres on a routine, a moment the show host called “a crash course in getting to know each other.”
Boss was invited on the show in 2013 to guest DJ before becoming a show staple the following year as he hyped up the studio crowd with the signature dance session that started every episode of the “Ellen” show.
He was married to Holker, who had also competed on “So You Think You Can Dance,” for nine years. He had adopted her daughter Weslie, and they would have to have son Maddox, 6, and daughter Zaia, 3.
Days before his death, he celebrated nine years of marriage with his wife Allison Holker on Instagram Saturday, sharing three images from their 2013 wedding.
“Happy anniversary my love,” he wrote.