Ellen DeGeneres is paying tribute to her longtime DJ Stephen “Twitch” Boss, who died by suicide on December 13.
Degeneres, who had already put out a written statement on social media, posted an honest video on Twitter in which she talked about the “pain” of losing her coworker and suggested the best way to remember him.
“I just wanted to say that the last 11 days have been very hard for everyone. Everyone is hurting and trying to figure out what’s going on.
She says, “We’ll never figure it out.” I think the holidays are hard anyway, but the best way to remember Twitch is to laugh, hug, play games, dance, and sing with each other. This is how we remember him. We do the things he enjoyed the most…I know it seems hard, though. It doesn’t seem possible.
But that’s how we pay tribute to him. We give each other hugs and tell each other that we love each other. We also let people know we’re there for them. See how people are doing.
She says, “I know it’s not a happy holiday, but he was pure light.” “If you knew him, you already knew that.” You could see it even if you didn’t know him. “Let’s pay him respect, think about him, and love each other.”
— Ellen DeGeneres (@EllenDeGeneres) December 23, 2022
Boss first became well-known when she was a contestant on the fourth season of So You Think You Can Dance. Tmz said on December 14 that he was found in a Los Angeles hotel room with a gunshot wound that seemed to have been done by himself.
Allison Holker, Boss’s wife and a former member of Sytycd, released a statement about his death in which she called him “the backbone of our family, the best husband and father, and an inspiration to his fans.”
In 2014, he was a guest DJ on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. He stayed with the daytime show until it ended in May of this year. He was made co-executive producer of the show in 2020 and often filled in for Ellen Degeneres when she wasn’t there.
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