Wave Staff and Wire Reports
LOS ANGELES — The entertainment world and others reacted to the death of Stephen “tWitch” Boss, the DJ from “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” who died Dec. 13 from an apparent suicide at a Los Angeles hotel. He was 40.
“I’m heartbroken,” DeGeneres said on Twitter. “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.”
Many celebrities who worked with Boss also took to social media to share their feelings.
DJ Pauly D, who sometimes filled in for tWitch on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” wrote: “Damn this is sad news. sending prayers to Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss’s family and friends. RIP TWITCH.”
Actress Viola Davis wrote: “I’m at a loss for words right now, praying for his family and loved ones.”
Comedian Loni Love tweeted a video of tWitch with the message: “A kind soul and a sweet person … that is how I will remember Twitch. … This was his 40th birthday party … my heart goes out to his family especially Allison and their beautiful kids … this is devastating … I love you brother and will miss you dearly.”
Actress Yvette Nicole Brown wrote: “What is going on?! This news has broken my heart. … He was always so joyful & full of life. Always. Oh, tWitch!”
TMZ was first to report that Boss died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. His wife Allison Holker later confirmed the death in a statement to multiple media outlets.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to share my husband Stephen has left us,” said Holker, 34. “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.”
The Los Angeles Police Department received a phone call from an unspecified hotel regarding a shooting Dec. 13, and discovered Boss in a room, TMZ reported.
Holker told the LAPD that her husband left their home without his car, according to TMZ. Shortly thereafter, police received a call from a hotel where Boss was found by officers.
An LAPD spokesperson, who did not confirm Boss’ identity, told City News Service that officers went to the 17000 block of Ventura Boulevard at about 11:25 a.m. Dec. 13 on a death investigation involving a man about 35 years of age.
The Los Angeles County coroner’s office reported that an autopsy was pending on the body of a man identified as 40-year-old Stephen Boss, who they said died Dec. 13 at a “hotel/motel.”
Boss joined the DeGeneres show in 2014 and was on the program until it ended earlier this year. He became an executive producer on the show in 2020.
Boss was also runner-up on the Fox dance competition show “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2008 and appeared in the movies “Step Up” and “Magic Mike XXL.”
He hosted a number of TV reality shows, including “Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings” with his wife on Disney+.
He and Holker were married in 2013 and celebrated their ninth anniversary Dec. 10. They have three children.
“To say he left a legacy would be an understatement, and his positive impact will continue to be felt,” Holker said in her statement. “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.”