“So You Think You Can Dance” stars, Viola Davis and more in Hollywood are mourning the loss of the iconic professional dancer, Stephen “tWitch” Boss.
The 40-year-old’s death was confirmed by his wife Allison Holker Boss. tWitch died on Dec. 13, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s office.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to share my husband Stephen has left us,” his wife said in part.
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“He was the backbone of our family, the best husband and father, and an inspiration to his fans.”
Allison ended the statement with a message to her husband.
“Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I will always save the last dance for you.”
The couple had celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary days before tWitch’s death. They shared three kids together — Zaia, 3, Maddox, 6, and Weslie, 14.
He began his career in 2008 after landing the runner-up spot on “So You Think You Can Dance.”
tWitch also gained fame as the DJ on “The Ellen Show.”
Television host Ellen DeGeneres shared an emotional tribute to her show DJ on Instagram, alongside a photo of the two hugging.
“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. Please send your love and support to Allison and his beautiful children – Weslie, Maddox, and Zaia.”
Leah Remini, who joined tWitch as a “So You Think You Can Dance” judge this past summer, revealed she was devastated by the sudden news and shared a series of fun-loving videos and photos of them on Instagram.
“I am heartbroken by the news of the passing of tWitch. Although we had met many times at the Ellen Show, I got to know him better this summer when I joined the judge’s table on “So You Think You Can Dance,” she said in part.
“tWitch was always so kind to me and everyone who worked so hard behind the scenes. tWitch was the guy who played and interacted with his fans in the audience during commercial breaks, and he encouraged all the contestants when the cameras weren’t rolling. He had such a passion and love for dance and guiding artists and the contestants on the show. Rest easy, tWitch; you will leave a big hole in many hearts.”
FOX Entertainment, 19 Entertainment and Dick Clark Productions shared a statement with Fox News Digital about the beloved dancer’s death.
“We will always remember Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss for the light and joy he brought into our lives and into the hearts of so many. This tragic, painful loss of such a radiant, inimitable talent and beloved friend is immeasurable beyond words, and we grieve alongside his family, loved ones and fans. ‘tWitch,’ we will miss you dearly.”
Additionally, some of his “So You Think You Can Dance” co-stars paid tribute to the professional dancer in the comments section of a dancing video tWitch and his wife both shared on Instagram just three days ago titled “HOLIDAY SUNDAY FUNDAY DANCE!!!” With my lover.”
“Heart shattering!!!! Allison my heart is with you!!!!!” Laura Gottlieb, an alum from the dance competition show said.
Alex Wong was on season seven of the show with tWitch and expressed his sadness in the comment section. “My heart is broken.”
Hollywood actress Kerry Washington paid tribute to the beloved dancer on Twitter.
“The world lost a bright light today. Twitch brought joy and love to people all over the world through music and through dance. My heart is heavy today for his family and all of those who knew and loved him.”
Viola Davis also took to social media after learning the news posting, “I’m at a loss for words right now, praying for his family and loved ones.”
Country star Jana Kramer additionally shared her thoughts on the beloved dancer’s death on his last Instagram post, “Praying for you and your family. I am so sorry.”
“Jersey Shore” stars DJ Pauly D mourned the loss of tWitch on Twitter, while Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi also commented on the famed dance couple’s social media video.
“Damn this is sad news. sending prayers to Stephen “tWitch” Boss’s family and friends. RIP TWITCH,” the reality star shared.
Snooki wrote, “God bless you and your beautiful family, I am so sorry.”
After sharing one of tWitch’s captivating “So You Think You Can Dance” performances on Twitter, actress Alyssa Milano captioned her post, “RIP TWITCH. Damn.”
Journalist Katie Couric also shared her sentiments on Twitter, “So so sad. Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss, Former ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ DJ and ‘SYTYCD’ All-Star, Dead at 40.”
“Real Housewives of Miami” Larsa Pippen added she was “Praying for your family,” with a red heart emoji on Holker and tWitch’s latest dancing post together.
Emmy-nominated actress Yvette Nicole Brown shared an emotional tweet about the famed dancer.
Country singer Mickey Guyton paid tribute to the late dancer.
“You just never truly know what anyone is going thru. Check on your loved ones. Always be good to people. Man this one hurts. #riptwitch“
A featured contributor on “The Ellen Show,” Kalen Allen, spoke out about tWitch in a lengthy post on Instagram and said in part, “To my beloved friend, confidant, and brother…God knows, my heart is at a standstill because I have never known a friend like you. No words, dance, or show can adequately capture just how magnificent your existence was to this world and me.”
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Comedian Chelsea Handler additionally commented on Allison and tWitch’s social media post, “Sending you all my love on and on.”
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