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Stephen 'tWitch' Boss, former 'Ellen' DJ, dead at 40

'tWitch' was a permanent fixture on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" for the last 8 years that the show was on the air.

WASHINGTON — Stephen "tWitch" Boss, best known as the longtime DJ for "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" has died. He was 40. 

Boss' wife, Allison Holker Boss, confirmed his death in a statement to PEOPLE

"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," she said.  

She ended her tribute with a message for her husband, "Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I will always save the last dance for you." 

A report from the Los Angeles County medical examiner also confirmed Boss' death, though a cause of death was not listed.  

According to TMZ, Boss died by suicide. He was reportedly found dead at a Los Angeles hotel on Tuesday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, TMZ said citing law enforcement sources. 

Boss was the runner-up on season 4 of "So You Think You Can Dance" in 2008. In 2014, he joined "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and was an integral part of the show until it ended in 2022. He was named a co-executive producer of the show in 2020.

"I’m heartbroken," DeGeneres wrote Wednesday in a tweet. "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."

"Rest, my friend," Andy Lassner, one of the executive producers on the show, tweeted Wednesday as news of Boss' death spread.  

DeGeneres was first connected to Boss in 2010 when she wanted to recreate a performance from "So You Think You Can Dance." 

Before "The Ellen Show" concluded, DeGeneres paid tribute to Boss and spoke about their "special connection." 

"I count on him to look over at and make silly jokes. He's my pal, he's my sidekick because we have this connection, so just looking over, he makes me laugh. He really really makes me laugh," DeGeneres said at the time

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Stephen "tWitch" Boss attends the FOX 2022 Upfront presentation at the Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown on Monday, May 16, 2022, in New York. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP

Boss and his wife also hosted "Disney's Fair Tale Weddings" on Disney+. The couple just celebrated their 9-year wedding anniversary on Saturday and are parents to three children. 

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Stephen "tWitch" Boss, left, and Allison Holker arrive at the world premiere of "Flatliners" at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Celebrities like Questlove and Kerry Washington posted on social media in mourning.

“I have no words man. May his family find resolution in this dark time. May we all find peace of mind in our everyday lives. Everyday is a winding road and you just may never know who is on the edge,” Questlove posted on Instagram.

“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,” Washington also posted on Instagram.

If you or someone you know may be struggling with suicidal thoughts you can call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) any time of day or night or chat online.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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