Ellen DeGeneres and DJ tWitch

A heartbroken Ellen DeGeneres paid tribute to her former co-host Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss who allegedly committed suicide on 13 December. Image via Twitter: @theellenshow

RIP Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss: Ellen DeGeneres pays tribute to DJ

Celebrities including Michelle Obama and Justin Timberlake have paid tribute to DJ tWitch who passed away after an alleged suicide.

Ellen DeGeneres and DJ tWitch

A heartbroken Ellen DeGeneres paid tribute to her former co-host Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss who allegedly committed suicide on 13 December. Image via Twitter: @theellenshow

Tributes and messages of condolences have been pouring in since news about dancer and DJ Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss’ passing broke on Wednesday 14 December.

Celebrities, including his former co-host Ellen DeGeneres paid tribute to the 40-year-old media personality, as she expressed that she is heartbroken.

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DJ tWitch has reportedly died after a self-inflicted gun-shot wound. Images via Instagram: @sir_twitch_alot


In a post on Twitter, Ellen DeGeneres wrote: “I’m heartbroken. tWitch was pure love and light. He was my family, and I loved him with all my heart. I will miss him.”

The 64-year-old also asked fans to send their love to tWitch’s wife Allison Holker Boss and his beautiful children – Weslie, 14, Maddox, 6, and Zaia, 3.

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Ellen worked closely with tWitch when he joined The Ellen DeGeneres Show as a guest DJ in 2014. He eventually became a permanent fixture on the series and was elevated to co-executive producer status in 2020.

Cry Me A River hitmaker Justin Timberlake said he had known tWitch through the dance community for more than 20 years.

“It’s heartbreaking to hear that someone who brought so much joy to a room, was hurting so much behind closed doors….You just never know what someone is really going through,” the singer and actor wrote on Twitter.

In a follow-up tweet he encouraged fans to check on their loved ones. The post was accompanied by two pictures of tWitch doing watch he did best — dance.

Former US first lady Michelle Obama also paid tribute to the So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) alum, saying that she is heartbroken.


According to TMZ, tWitch committed suicide on Tuesday 13 December.

Thr publication reported that law enforcement sources said that his wife Allison ran into an LAPD station on Tuesday 13 December frantic because the dancer had left home without his car – something he would never do.

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Hours later paramedics got a call for a medical emergency at an L.A. hotel which is where tWitch was found dead “from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.” He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Following tWitch’s passing, his wife and fellow SYTYCD alum released a statement confirming 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.

“Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I will always save the last dance for you,” she concluded.

Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss and his wife Allison celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary on Saturday 12 December, three days before his passing.