Jada Pinkett Smith, Alyssa Milano and Ciara led the celebrity tributes to Ellen’s DJ ‘tWitch’, following his death aged 40 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
‘tWitch’ – real name Stephen Boss, was found dead in an LA hotel room – he had been reported missing by his wife Allison Holker after he left home without his car on Tuesday.
Pinkett Smith. 51, shared a snap with the late star – who she met when they starred in 2015’s Magic Mike XXL – and said her ‘heart aches’ for his loved ones.
She wrote: ‘I woke up this morning to the news that tWitch is gone. My heart aches for his wife Allison and their children Weslie, Maddox and Zaia. My condolences to all his loved ones that he has left behind.
Tragic loss: Jada Pinkett Smith led the celebrity tributes to Ellen’s DJ ‘tWitch’, following his death aged 40 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
‘We had a lot of good times on the set of Magic Mike. He was so sweet, kind and generous. So many people suffer in silence.
‘I wish he could have known that he didn’t have to. May his beautiful, shining soul rest in the arms of the Great Supreme and may that same Higher Power heal the shattered hearts of his loved ones.’
Alyssa Milano shared a heartbreaking video of the DJ performing on So You Think You Can Dance, with the caption: ‘RIP TWITCH. Damn.’
Ciara, 37, posted a clip of the pair dancing backstage at the Ellen show, writing: ‘I am so crushed to hear the news that you are no longer with us.
Much missed: Ciara, 37, posted a clip of the pair dancing backstage at the Ellen show, writing: ‘I am so crushed to hear the news that you are no longer with us
RIP: Alyssa Milano shared a heartbreaking video of the DJ performing on So You Think You Can Dance, with the caption: ‘RIP TWITCH. Damn’
Grieving: Degeneres. 64, shared a snap of the pair hugging and called the star ‘pure love and light’
‘I’ve always known you as joy, laughter, good times, and a big smile! Heaven has gained an angel today!
‘May you rest in paradise. Praying for your family during this difficult time.’
Katie Couric, 65, shared a heartfelt post to the star and sent love to his grieving family.
She wrote: This is so, so sad…. Sending love to all them during this unbelievably difficult time.
‘If you or someone you know is in crisis, call 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. You can also call the network, previously known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, at 800-273-8255, or text HOME to 741741 for additional resources.’
Tributes: Stars from the entertainment world paid tribute
Heartbreak: Ex-executive producer of the Ellen show Andy Lassner paid tribute to Boss, saying ‘Rest, my friend’ along with a picture of the two of them and DeGeneres
Ex-executive producer of the Ellen show Andy Lassner paid tribute to Boss, saying ‘Rest, my friend’ along with a picture of the two of them and DeGeneres.
Boss worked on Ellen’s show from 2014 until it ended in 2022 and was made an executive producer in 2020.
The presenter, 64, shared a poignant snap of the pair hugging on the show’s set and 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. Please send your love and support to Allison and his beautiful children – Weslie, Maddox, and Zaia.’
Police received a call around 11.15am to say that Boss had been found dead in an LA hotel room from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Boss and Holker celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary just three days before the tragedy, with Allison posting a heartfelt post online.
They shared three children together and got married in 2013, hosting ‘Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings’ together on Disney +.
Boss is survived by his wife, also a professional dancer, and their three children, Weslie, 14, Maddox, 6, and Zaia, 3.
An LAPD spokesman confirmed to DailyMail.com that the incident was being handled by the LA County Coroner’s office as there were no signs of ‘foul play’.
Paying tribute to her husband, Allison said in a statement to People: ‘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.
‘To say he left a legacy would be an understatement, and his positive impact will continue to be felt.
‘I am certain there won’t be a day that goes by that we won’t honor his memory. We ask for privacy during this difficult time for myself and especially for our three children.’
‘Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I will always save the last dance for you.’
The couple also posted a video on their YouTube channel, appearing happy, for a beginners dance cardio workout two days before his death.
Boss started as a DJ on the show after breaking into showbiz on MTV’s The Wade Robson Project before becoming a runner-up on Star Search.
Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss’ worked on Ellen’s show from 2014 until it ended in 2022 and was made an executive producer in 2020
Boss is survived by his wife and their three children, Weslie, 14, Maddox, 6, and Zaia, 3
He later competed on dance show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ in 2008 where he came runner-up, later returning as an All-Star and returned as a judge in 2022.
The keen dancer posted a video of himself and his wife dancing in front of their Christmas tree just two days prior to his death.
The Ellen show was canceled earlier this year amid claims of bullying and a ‘toxic workplace’ with the final episode airing on May 26.
Boss spoke about the criticism of the work culture at the Ellen Show, defending her until the very end of the show.
He told US Weekly: ‘We can’t speak too much legally about it, but I’ll say this, there’s been love.
‘Obviously there’s some things to address, but from my standpoint and from countless others, there’s been love.
The couple celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary just three days before the tragedy, with Allison and Stephen both posting a heartfelt post online
Twitch posted a video with his wife Allison Holker just two days before his death, with the couple dancing in front of a Christmas tree
Boss left the house on foot before being found dead in a LA hotel after his wife raised the alarm
‘I’ll just leave it at that until there’s a time where we can address more publicly. There’s been love and there will continue to be love.’
In 2020, at least ten former and then-current employees of the Ellen Show claimed they had faced bullying and racism behind the scenes at the long-running talk show.
The show, which ran from 2003 to 2022, built a brand around the compassionate slogan ‘Be Kind,’ often touted by the show’s namesake.
Staffers who had first-hand knowledge of the day-to-day goings on of production, however, said the charitable endeavors and sloganeering were ‘all for show.’
His wife Allison said that she would always ‘save the last dance’ for her husband in a statement after his death
Employees leveled much of the blame against the show’s executive producers, but claimed Ellen herself had not been involved enough to see what was happening on her own show.
Months after the first claims surfaced, DeGeneres gave an interview, in which she said the attacks on her ‘did feel very misogynistic.’
‘It was devastating. I am a kind person. I am a person who likes to make people happy,’ she said, adding that she understood how people – even fans of hers – might come to believe that the allegations about her personal behavior were true.
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Boss started as a DJ on the show after breaking into showbiz on MTV’s The Wade Robson Project before becoming a runner-up on Star Search