Shocking and tragic news. Stephen “tWitch” Boss died Tuesday in a Los Angeles hotel room at the age of 40, reportedly by suicide.
In a statement to People magazine, tWitch’s wife, Allison Holker confirmed his death: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to share my husband Stephen has left us,. 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. To say he left a legacy would be an understatement, and his positive impact will continue to be felt. 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.”
Law enforcement sources told TMZ that Allison appeared at an LAPD station Tuesday, frantic, because she said tWitch had left home without his car. It’s something that was not like him at all, she said. \
TMZ reports that a short time later, around 11:15 AM, paramedics got a call for a medical emergency at an L.A. hotel. They found tWitch there, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The hip-hop dancer finished So You Think You Can Dance season 4 as runner-up. After that he spent several seasons as an all-star dancer–serving as a mentor and dance partner for current contestants. Ultimately, he sat on the judges panel of So You Think You Can Dance in 2022.
In 2013, he performed on Dancing with the Stars In 2014 he joined the Ellen Degeneres Show as her DJ and eventually became an executive producer. He hosted the E Entertainment competition Clash of the Cover Bands in 2021. He also appeared in the movie Magic Mike XXL. In 2017, he and Allison Holker hosted the documentary series Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings.
On December 10, 2013, Twitch and Allison, a fellow So You Think You Can Dance and DWTS alum married at SYTYCD and American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe’s Villa San Juliette Vineyard and Winery in Paso Robles, California. He subsequently adopted Allison’s daughter, Weslie Renae Boss. They had two children together, Maddox Laurel Boss born on March 27 2016 and Zaia Boss born on November 3 2019.
The couple celebrated their 9th wedding anniversary on December 11. The two met as All Stars on So You Think You Can Dance.
Here’s tWitch’s Season 4 audition. He explains that he auditioned the season before, but got cut right before the Top 20
All-star tWitch and contestant Alex Wong danced a Hip Hop routine to “Get Out of Your Mind.” Eventually, Alex had to withdraw after an injury. On the finale Ellen DeGeneres took Alex’s place and a years long partnership was born.
A playlist of tWitch’s best routines on SYTYCD
tWitch and Allison visited the Jennifer Hudson Show three weeks ago. They chatted about maybe trying for another baby.
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