Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss’s Cause of Death Confirmed by LA County’s Coroner

County Medical Examiner-Coroner in Los Angeles has confirmed Stephen “tWitch” Boss’s cause of death.

According to the autopsy report, the 40-year-old Ellen DeGeneres Show DJ died of suicide.

“In a statement to PEOPLE, county officials confirm that the 40-year-old professional dancer died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. His death occurred on Tuesday at a motel in the Encino area of Los Angeles.”

“The case is now closed, per the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner.”

RadarOnline reported that the beloved TV star was found dead at the Oak Tree Inn by the motel’s maid after he missed his checkout time. When the maid entered his room, she found him dead in the bathroom.

The hotel manager confirmed that Boss took his life on Tuesday, December 13, in the motel where several guests were staying.

“Photos shot on Wednesday reveal vehicles and people coming and going from the Encino, CA, facility, which was just a 14-minute walk from tWitch’s Los Angeles home.”

According to the manager, the hotel staff didn’t hear any gunshots. However, after the maid discovered his body in the bathroom, she immediately informed the manager, who called 911.

“The manager said no visible suicide note was left, but tWitch did have a small bag with him when he arrived at the motel, which was found in his room at the time of his death,” per RadarOnline.

Allison Holker, the television host’s wife, confirmed his death on Wednesday to PEOPLE.

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to share my husband, Stephen, has left us,” Holker told the outlet. “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,” she added. “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.”

Holker, who co-hosted Disney+’s Disney Fairy Tale Weddings with her husband, concluded, “Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I will always save the last dance for you.”

Stephen Boss is survived by his wife, with whom he recently celebrated his ninth wedding anniversary, and his three children: Weslie, 14; Maddox, 6; and Zaia, 3.

As a dancer, Boss first became known as a semifinalist on The Wade Robson Project and then on Star Search. During season 4 of So You Think You Can Dance, he finished as runner-up alongside Joshua Allen, the series’ winner. 

The hip-hop dancer has appeared on the show as an All-Star, a mentor, and a judge since it debuted in 2002. In 2015, Boss wrote weekly blog posts about the contestants while he was a mentor for season 12.

He could also be seen sashaying his way onto the big screen in numerous dance movies, such as 2010’s Step Up 3D, 2012’s Step Up Revolution, 2014’s Step Up All In, and 2015’s Magic Mike XXL, when he wasn’t dazzling audiences on TV. A 2018 episode of Modern Family and Ghostbusters also featured him.

In the years between 2014 and 2022, Boss worked on Ellen. A year later, he became an executive producer.

Reacting to the devastating news of his death, Ellen DeGeneres shared a photo of her hugging Boss and wrote a heartfelt message on her Instagram.

“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.”

She added, “Please send your love and support to Allison and his beautiful children – Weslie, Maddox, and Zaia.”

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Sources: PEOPLERadarOnline

3 comments
  1. So sorry to hear this. Breaks my heart. Such a great person and dancer!Prayers for his family especially his kids❤️

  2. I just want to say to Allison, their children and tWitches mom I am so very sorry for you loss. I was able to see tWitch and Allison dance in Eugene Oregon where they hosted the So You Think You Can Dance show and am a big fan of you both. They were phenomenal together and to watch dance. They were great hosts. tWitch had a wonderful sense of humor and the both made me laugh. Just know Allison you and your family will be in my heartfelt thoughts and prayers. Sending you love and hugs. ❤️🤗
    Sincerely

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