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Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss, Dancer, and ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ DJ Dies at 40

Stephen “tWitch” Boss, choreographer, DJ, and co-host of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” has died. He was 40.

Boss died Tuesday at a hotel, according to a report from the Los Angeles medical examiner. No cause of death was given.

His wife, dancer Allison Holker, shared a statement about his death with People magazine. 

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to share that my husband Stephen has left us,” she said. “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.” 

“To say he left a legacy would be an understatement, and his positive impact will continue to be felt,” her statement 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.”

She ended her tribute, “Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I will always save the last dance for you.” 

Michelle Obama also called Boss an ‘incredible force.’ She is just one of many celebrities to pay tribute to the dancer. 

Sharing a photo of Boss with his family on Instagram, she wrote: “I am heartbroken to learn about the passing of Stephen “tWitch” Boss, who I got to know over the years through my Let’s Move! Initiative and visits to The Ellen Show was an incredible force – someone who radiated kindness and positivity and made sure that people around him could feel it, too.” 

Boss, known as “tWitch” on DeGeneres’ long-running syndicated 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. (“Ellen” ended its 19-year run in May.)

The Montgomery, Alabama, native, who started dancing at 16, competed on the fourth season of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2008 and finished in second place. He first caught DeGeneres’ attention in 2010, when he was part of the cast of “Dance” and worked with DeGeneres on a routine, a moment DeGeneres called “a crash course in getting to know each other.” 

Boss was invited on “Ellen” in 2013 as a guest DJ before becoming a show staple the following year. He hyped up the studio crowd with the signature dance session that started every episode of the show.


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