I am devastated to share the news that Stephen “tWitch” Boss has passed away at the age of 40. His wife, Allison Holker Boss, confirmed the news in a statement published Wednesday. She said, “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.”
Ellen DeGeneres announced on Twitter that tWitch, a dancer-DJ and co-executive producer on “The Ellen Show,” has died. In her statement, DeGeneres said she was heartbroken and described tWitch as “pure love and light.” She also asked for love and support to be sent to his wife Allison and their children. tWitch started working on “The Ellen Show” in 2014 and was promoted to co-executive producer in 2020. He also appeared in films such as “Step Up: All In” and “Magic Mike XXL,” and was featured in Disney+’s “The Hip Hop Nutcracker,” which was released this year. The cause of his death was not mentioned in DeGeneres’ statement
He had a passion for dancing and it showed in all aspects of his life. He was even a runner-up on “So You Think You Can Dance” and later judged season 17 of the dance competition show. The Alabama native studied dance performance at Southern Union State Community College and Chapman University. He looked up to greats like Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire, and considered Kelly the greatest of all time. “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 classy,” Boss said in a 2014 interview with the Associated Press. “Gene Kelly, on the other hand, was like a dad who just got up off the couch and started dancing around and cleaning the kitchen.” Boss and his wife, who is also a professional dancer, posted dance videos on TikTok, sometimes featuring their children as guests. Celebrities like Questlove and Kerry Washington expressed their condolences on social media. “I have no words. May his family find resolution during this difficult time. May we all find peace in our everyday lives. Every day is a winding road, and you never know who is on the edge,” Questlove wrote on Instagram.