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Ellen DeGeneres Posts Heartfelt Tribute to DJ Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss

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The DJ and co-executive producer of The Ellen DeGeneres Show died at 40 years old. 

Stephen "tWitch" Boss, the iconic DJ known best for his part on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, has died by suicide at 40 years old.

Boss was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel late Tuesday night, TMZ reports. His wife, Allison Holker, had reported to LAPD that he left his home without his car.

"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," Holker told 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," she added. "I am certain there won't be a day that goes by that we won't honor his memory.

Holker asked for privacy as she and her family mourned the loss of Boss.

"Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I will always save the last dance for you."

Boss became the DJ on DeGeneres' show in 2014 and remained until its end in 2022. In 2020, he became a co-executive producer.

"I'm heartbroken. tWitch was pure love and light. He was my family, and I loved him with all my heart. I will miss him," DeGeneres wrote on Instagram.

"Please send your love and support to Allison and his beautiful children - Weslie, Maddox, and Zaia."

He was also known for his part in the 2008 season of So You Think You Can Dance, in which he was a runner-up. Boss also posted dance videos on social media featuring his wife, also an SYTYCD contestant, and his kids.

Boss is survived by his wife and their three children.

If you are having thoughts of suicide or are concerned that someone you know may be, resources are available to help. The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 is for people of all ages and identities.

Trans Lifeline, designed for transgender or gender-nonconforming people, can be reached at (877) 565-8860. The lifeline also provides resources to help with other crises, such as domestic violence situations.

The Trevor Project Lifeline, for LGBTQ+ youth (ages 24 and younger), can be reached at (866) 488-7386. Users can also access chat services at or text START to 678678.

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