Topline, Dancer, producer and DJ Stephen Boss, best known by the name tWitch, died Tuesday by suicide in Los Angeles, leaving the entertainment industry and his fans shaken by his loss—here’s what we know about his death.
Boss’s manner of death was ruled a suicide by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner, and was caused by a gunshot wound to the head. Boss was found dead at the Oak Tree Inn in Encino, California, where he checked in on Monday, after he did not check out and management went to check on him, according to Entertainment Tonight. Authorities were called to the scene, and investigators determined “there were no signs of foul play,” a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department Media Relations told ET. In a statement to People on Wednesday, Boss’ wife Allison Holker Boss confirmed his death, saying “It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to share my husband Stephen has left us.” A manager at the Oak Tree Inn told Us that rooms will not be rented out at the facility for the next week, and that “everything was normal, nothing was weird” at the property before Boss’s body was discovered. The Los Angeles Times confirmed Friday a report that Boss left a note that led investigators to believe his death was caused by suicide, sources told the outlet, though details of the note were not revealed. If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, text or call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 988.
Boss, 40, first rose to fame in 2008 on the competition show So You Think You Can Dance, on which he finished in second place. He repeatedly appeared on the show in future seasons. He met Holker Boss on the program, and the two married in 2013. He is survived by her and their three children. In 2014, Boss joined the Ellen Degeneres Show as its DJ. In 2020 he was promoted to co-executive producer of the program. He appeared in dance-focused movies like Step Up: All In and Magic Mike XXL.
Boss was mourned across the entertainment industry. “I’m heartbroken. tWitch was pure love and light. He was my family, and I loved him with all my heart,” Degeneres said, as Boss’ passing was reported. “I have no words. There aren’t any. My head or heart can not understand this,” his co-star Channing Tatum wrote. Former First Lady Michelle Obama said she was “heartbroken” to learn of the death of Boss, who she met through her appearances on Ellen. “My heart goes out to his wife, Allison, and his three children during this difficult time,” she said. Tyler Perry posted a video speaking about his own past suicide attempts, saying he was shocked to hear of Boss’ passing and if he had gone through with them, “I would’ve missed the best part of my life.”
source Marisa Dellatto