Stephen “tWitch” Boss eerily expressed how much he loved his grandfather just days before his death by suicide.
“Every word has meaning. His last words to me were a simple text that says, ‘I love you Dad-Dad,’” Eddy Boss told the Daily Mail Wednesday. “Our question is why? Where did it come from?”
Eddy, 84, confirmed he had talked with his grandson multiple times before Stephen’s tragic death and had not noticed any signs that the dancer was struggling with his mental health.
“We spoke as recently as Saturday on more than one occasion,” he shared. “He was the same happy-go-lucky person that he’s always been. We had no indication that anything was out of the ordinary.”
Eddy also reflected on how “humble” and “generous” Stephen was, adding that the former “Ellen DeGeneres Show” DJ and producer “brought light” into everyone’s lives.
“We’re completely devastated right now,” he said. “All I can say is he was a beautiful person that contributed so much to this world and to everyone he met in a positive way. We miss him dearly, and we’re hurting tremendously.”
Stephen had celebrated his grandfather’s birthday on social media just days before he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
“Shouting the BIGGEST HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY GRANDFATHER (DADA)! I love you!” he wrote in a post to Instagram last Friday.
He added, “IG fam help me wish him happy birthday @mreb38 ❤️❤️❤️ #OGBoss.”
The “So You Think You Can Dance” alum died Tuesday at age 40, with authorities confirming his body was found in the bathroom of a Los Angeles-area motel room.
Just days before his untimely death, Stephen celebrated his ninth wedding anniversary with his wife, Allison Holker.
Holker, 34, mourned the loss of her husband in a heartbreaking statement Wednesday.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to share my husband, Stephen, has left us,” she said. “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.”
The former “Dancing With the Stars” pro also honored Stephen’s legacy, saying his “positive impact” will continue to resonate.
“I am certain there won’t be a day that goes by that we won’t honor his memory,” she concluded. “We ask for privacy during this difficult time for myself and especially for our three children.”
Holker and Stephen, who married in 2013, shared three kids: Weslie, 14, Maddox, 6, and Zaia, 3.
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call or text the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988.