Celebrities and friends are reaching out across the internet to mourn the loss and celebrate the life of DJ, television host, and dancer Stephen “tWitch” Boss. Boss, who rose to fame as a So You Think You Can Dance contestant in 2014 and was the DJ and later co-executive producer of Ellen DeGeneres‘ daytime talk show, died today at the age of 40.
DeGeneres honored Boss on her own Instagram account, stating her grief and love as well as asking for support for the Boss family. “I’m heartbroken. tWitch was pure love and light,” DeGeneres wrote on Wednesday. “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.”
Black Adam actor Dwayne Johnson also sent a message of support for Boss’s family and expressed his grief at the DJ’s death, currently believed to have been from self-inflicted causes.
Justin Timberlake, who appeared on Ellen twenty-four times during its run and has known Boss for over two decades, reminded all that many who seem joyful can be hurting on the inside.
Fellow talk-show musical director Questlove also wrote his condolences and reminded all to take the time necessary to heal their wounds.
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