Stephen "tWitch" Boss commits suicide despite dancing 24hr before
Famed dance star and DJ commits suicide in a heartbreaking incident.
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner confirmed that Stephen "tWitch" Boss, 40 years old, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
According to the report, Boss committed suicide at a "hotel/motel", which meant that the case was "closed."
After entering the entertainment industry in 2008 with "So You Think You Can Dance," Boss worked on a number of films, but he is most recognized for his eight DJ years on "The Ellen DeGeneres show."
Boss' wife Allison Holker Boss said in a statement "It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to share that my husband Stephen has left us."
Furthermore, she explained that "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."
With a heavy heart, Holker continued "To say he left a legacy would be an understatement, and his positive impact will continue to be felt," adding "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. Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I will always save the last dance for you."
Following his second-place finish on "So You Think You Can Dance," Boss went on to star alongside Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan in the "Step Up" film series, as well as a number of other movies such as "Magic Mike XXL," "Ghostbusters," and "Modern Family."
Celebrities across the industry have mourned Boss and expressed support for anyone struggling with mental health issues.
So You Think You Can Dance mourned Boss in a Tweet saying "We will always remember Stephen “tWitch” Boss for the light and joy he brought into our lives and into the hearts of so many. We grieve alongside his family, loved ones, and fans. tWitch, we will miss you dearly."
We will always remember Stephen “tWitch” Boss for the light and joy he brought into our lives and into the hearts of so many. We grieve alongside his family, loved ones and fans. tWitch, we will miss you dearly. #SYTYCD pic.twitter.com/QP2Dg7fw7v— So You Think You Can Dance (@DANCEonFOX) December 14, 2022
Dwayne Johnson, on his end, wrote also via Twitter: "Man I am so sorry to hear the heartbreaking news about Twitch. Great guy. Sending his family all the love, light, strength, and mana. I’ve lost a lot of friends to the struggle. You never know what’s happening between the ears. So sorry Boss family. Stay strong."
Man I am so sorry to hear the heartbreaking news about Twitch.— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 14, 2022
Great guy. Sending his family all the love, light, strength and mana. I’ve lost a lot of friends to the struggle. You never know what’s happening between the ears.
So sorry Boss family. Stay strong. #stephenboss 🕊️
Boss, 24 hours before committing suicide, posted a video on his Instagram page depicting him and his wife happily dancing on the weekend. This comes to show that pain does not have a shape, and people who hurt the most sometimes come with a smile and bring joy to everyone around them. It is a good reminder to always check on loved ones, especially those who least vocalize their pain and depression.
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