On December 13, 2022 at 11:25 a.m., Stephen “tWitch” Boss was pronounced dead. The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner has since then confirmed that Boss died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was only forty years old with a wife and three kids.
In a report to the Los Angeles Police, Allison Holker, Boss’s wife, recalled that Boss left the house without his car which was unusual. Then, later that night the police received a call from the Oak Tree Inn in Encino, Los Angeles about an alleged shooting where Stephen Boss was found dead. There have been mentions of a suicide note written by Boss but its contents have not been disclosed to the public. Being that the investigation of his death has been closed, the motives for his suicide remain unknown.
Boss was a well-known guy in the entertainment business as a professional dancer and actor. The impetus of his fame was his appearance on the television show “So You Think You Can Dance” as a contender and later as a judge. He and his wife met on the show bonding over their love to dance. Starting in 2014, Boss would be commonly known for his role as DJ, before his promotion to co-executive producer, on the ”Ellen Degeneres Show.”
Following the report of his death, many family members, coworkers, and celebrities left heartfelt messages reminiscent of Boss.
"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," Allison Holker stated to PEOPLE Magazine.
“I’m heartbroken,” Ellen said, “tWitch was pure love and light. He was my family, and I loved him with all my heart. I will miss him. Please send your love and support to Allison and his beautiful children - Weslie, Maddox, and Zaia.”
Justin Timberlake posted his thoughts on Twitter stating “It’s heartbreaking to hear that someone who brought so much joy to a room, was hurting so much behind closed doors. I’ve known Twitch for over 20 years through the dance community — he always lit everything up.”
Several other celebrities have paid tribute to Boss including Channing Tatum, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Michelle Obama.
Stephen “tWitch” Boss will be remembered for all the joy and happiness he brought into this world through his work, but his death reminds us all about the importance of mental health.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988, texting "STRENGTH" to the Crisis Text Line at 741741, or going to https://988lifeline.org.