Ellen DeGeneres pays tribute to Stephen ‘Twitch’ Boss

Ellen DeGeneres paid tribute Wednesday to the late Stephen “Twitch” Boss, longtime DJ and co-executive producer of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

Boss, a dancer who competed on “So You Think You Can Dance” and appeared within the “Step Up” and “Magic Mike” movie franchises, died by suicide Tuesday in an Encino resort room.

“I’m heartbroken,” DeGeneres captioned an Instagram picture of her and Boss embracing on the “Ellen” set. “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.”

Famed “Ellen DeGeneres Show” government producer Andy Lassner wrote in a touch upon the publish, “Nobody made him smile like you did.” Lassner additionally tweeted a photo of himself, DeGeneres and Boss laughing in a automotive along with the caption, “Rest, my friend.”

In a separate assertion supplied to The Instances, Warner Bros. Tv Group stated, “We are shocked and heartbroken by the tragic news of the passing of Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss. tWitch was a multi-faceted talent and integral part of ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ and our Warner Bros. Television Group family.

“He had the ability to bring communities of people together each day to share in joy and laughter,” the assertion continued. “Most importantly, he was a beloved friend, husband, and father. We extend our deepest condolences and sympathies to his family, friends, and fans.”

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Boss is survived by his spouse and dance companion, Allison Holker, and their three youngsters.

“To say he left a legacy would be an understatement, and his positive impact will continue to be felt,” Holker stated in an announcement supplied to The Instances.

“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.”

Instances workers author Nardine Saad contributed to this report.