Stephen (tWitch) Boss, the longtime and beloved dancing DJ on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and a former contestant on So You Think You Can Dance, has died at the age of 40.
His wife, Allison Holker Boss, confirmed his death in a statement published Wednesday on People.com. The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s office confirmed Boss’s death to CBC News on Wednesday.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to share 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 light was everything to him. He was the backbone of our family, the best husband and father and an inspiration to his fans.”
Her statement did not include any detail on the cause of his death.
A love of dancing
tWitch started his tenure at The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2014 and later was promoted to co-executive producer in 2020. He began his career in the entertainment business in 2008, placing as a runner-up on So You Think You Can Dance and later judged season 17 of the dance competition show.
The dancer-DJ also appeared in films like Step Up: All In and Magic Mike XXL and was featured in Disney+’s The Hip Hop Nutcracker, released this year.
The Alabama native studied dance performance at Southern Union State Community College and Chapman University.
His love of dancing permeated through all aspects of his life as he aspired to emulate greats like Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire.
“My personal opinion: The greatest of all time had to be Gene Kelly, man. Gene Kelly, because he’s a guy’s guy. I love Fred Astaire, but Fred Astaire was so smooth, and it was great. He was so classy,” Boss said in an interview with the Associated Press in 2014. “But Gene Kelly — he could be like somebody’s dad, who just decided to get up off the couch and dance around and clean the kitchen up.”
Boss posted dance videos on TikTok with his wife, who is also a professional dancer, with their children making guest appearances.
Celebrities like Questlove and Kerry Washington posted on social media in mourning.
“I have no words man. May his family find resolution in this dark time. May we all find peace of mind in our everyday lives. Every day is a winding road and you just may never know who is on the edge,” Questlove posted on Instagram.
“Twitch brought joy and love to people all over the world through music and through dance. My heart is heavy today for his family and all of those who knew and loved him,” Washington also posted on Instagram.
Boss’s death was first reported by TMZ.
He is survived by his wife and three children.