Why did DJ Stephen commit suicide? Circumstances surrounding his death Explained


Why did DJ Stephen commit suicide? Circumstances surrounding his death Explained

DJ Stephen “tWitch” the Boss of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” has passed away. Let’s find out Why did DJ Stephen commit suicide and the circumstances surrounding his death in detail.



Why did DJ Stephen commit suicide? 

Stephen’s wife Allison Holker Boss released the death statement of her husband to People, the statement reads,

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to share that 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 the 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.” Boss is survived by his wife, as well as children Zaia, 3, Maddox, 6, and Weslie, 14.


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Allison Holker and Stephen “tWitch” Boss


Reason for DJ Stephen’s suicide

According to law enforcement sources, Holker, a professional dancer who has also participated in “So You Think You Can Dance,” reportedly went into an LAPD station in a panic, claiming that her husband had left the house without his car, which she claimed was unlike him.

The police were called about a shooting at a hotel in Los Angeles, where they discovered Boss suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner certified Stephen’s demise. The office did not, however, provide a cause of death.

However, the sources state that it is thought he committed suicide. But the reason for his suicide remained a mystery.

Boss left the house on foot before being found dead in a LA hotel after his wife raised the alarm

As from the following video he had taken before 24 hours prior to his passing, he clearly looks happy without any resentment. Therefore, there are speculation that this may not even a suicide. However, this mystery can only be cleared after his autopsy report.


The statement from Holker, who has three young children with tWitch, said, “To say he left a legacy would be an understatement, and his positive impact will continue to be felt.

There won’t be a day that goes by that we don’t remember him, I’m positive of that. During this trying time for myself and especially for our three kids, we kindly request your privacy. “Stephen, I’ll always save the last dance for you. We love you. We miss you.”


Who was Stephen Boss?

Alabama’s Montgomery is where Stephan was born. His childish popping and ticking when he couldn’t sit still earned him the nickname.

He received his diploma from Lee High School in Montgomery, Alabama, in 2000. Later, he attended Chapman University and Southern Union State Community College in Wadley, Alabama, to pursue dance performance.

Stephen Boss tWitch

Although tWitch, a freestyle hip-hop dancer, is well-known in the business, not everyone is aware of the origin of his moniker. 

His moniker was inspired by his first love, a vehicle that the choreographer named Twitch.  I chose the moniker Twitch when I was around 20 years old because that was the age at which I first began dancing, traveling, and teaching dance. A lot of my dance knowledge, as well as my dance thoughts, occurred in that automobile. 

No matter if it was to Birmingham, Bessemer, Bessemer, Huntsville, or Tuscaloosa.  I would practice my moves in the car,” he admitted to AL.com. His well-known dance style, “popping and ticking,” which many people mistook for a twitch, is also what gave him his moniker.

He’s always been proud of his moniker and says, “I don’t dislike it at all; it’s just a part of who I am. When it comes to dancing, it’s become a part of my persona, he remarked in an interview with Kam Williams.

Film Career

In a short period, tWitch has established a niche for itself in the industry by working in films, television shows, and online series. The Real Dirty Dancing presenter is profiled in these five areas: Since Boss was “very thickheaded,” Allison Holker, his wife, initiated contact.

Boss enjoys comic books a much. His favorite comic book character is Superman. He has a Jack Russell mix that he has named “Krypto” because he likes Man of Steel so much. He and Holker even got married in a superhero-themed ceremony. On Ellen DeGeneres’ show, Boss underwent live waxing for the first time, which proved to be incredibly painful for the DJ.

Talent competition

On MTV’s The Wade Robson Project in 2003, he reached the semifinals (2003). Additionally, he finished second in the Star Search television talent competition (2003).

For the South Korean pop/R&B singer Se7en, he has choreographed. He made his online comedy debut in several sketch-series videos on TheKommune.com in December 2009.

He has conducted workshops and taught dancing classes all around the world. Hokuto “Hok” Konishi defeated tWitch in the third season of So You Think You Can Dance (2005), and tWitch failed to place in the top 20.

All-Star dancers

He came back the following year and finished in the top 20 in addition to finishing as a Finals runner-up. He later went on tour with the top 10 performers, where he and Katee Shean performed the Emmy-nominated piece “Mercy,” which was choreographed by Mia Michaels. He was picked as one of the 10 All-Star dancers for Season 7 of SYTYCD in 2010.

He enjoys comic books, particularly Superman ones. “Krypto” is the name he gave to his Jack Russell hybrid dog. One of the t-shirts from his clothing business, tWitch Boss Clothing, which at first only sold t-shirts online, had the letter “T” inside the Superman sign. He participates in the dance groups “Chill Factor Crew” and “Breed OCLA.”

“Stephen as a DJ”

On DeGeneres’ self-titled daytime program, Boss debuted in 2014 as a DJ before being promoted to executive producer a year later.

He remained by her side up until the contentious 2022 show finale. In response to repeated claims of toxic behavior on the talk show, he defended his boss by saying there was a lot of “love” going on behind the scenes.

There was love, the dancer, then 37, told Us Weekly in 2020. “We can’t speak too much legally about it, but I’ll say this, there was love,” she added. “There are undoubtedly some issues to fix, but from my and countless others’ perspectives, there has been love.

Till a moment comes when we can discuss more openly, I’ll just leave it at that. There has been love and there always will be. Before finishing in second place on “Star Search,” the dancer, choreographer, and TV personality competed on MTV’s “The Wade Robson Project” in 2003.

He was a Season 4 runner-up on “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2008, though, and there he became well-known. On Season 10, he made an all-star appearance.

Stephen’s wife Allison Holker

Since 2018, “Disney’s Fairytale Weddings” on Disney+ has been hosted by Boss and his wife, a professional dancer. On “So You Think You Can Dance,” Holker also participated, first as a participant in Season 2 and then as an all-star in Seasons 7, 8, and 14.

She performed professionally on “Dancing With the Stars” during seasons 19 through 21 and 23. The pair had recently celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary. They got hitched on December 10, 2013.

Stephen's family

When his wife Allison Holker gave birth to their son Maddox Laurel Boss on March 27, 2016, he became a parent for the first time at the age of 33.

And on November 6, 2019, his wife Allison Holker gave birth to their daughter Zaia Boss, making him a father for the second time at the age of 37.

Tributes paid by Famous personalities

Joey Fortman said,

 This just completely breaks my heart today. I loved watching this man and his wife dance. That smile… so big.

Listen, life is fragile and precious and scary and beautiful… Even with the biggest smile on someone’s face you never know what they are going through in their mind.

I grew up being told suicide was evil and selfish. I vehemently disagree after postpartum depression nearly took me down. It has nothing to do with the self. It has everything to do with not wanting to cause others any more pain from our brains. It’s about the inner beings so dark. There is this feeling that it will never change unless I change. Then when change feels impossible to stop – it digs deeper into our reality.

Love EVERYONE. Show kindness and understanding to those that could be in pain. Encourage them with support. Suicide is real. BELIEVE it as such. Call those you love and ask them how their doing – ask them how they are doing.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson posted,

Twitch was so kind & this is just a terrible loss. Sending love to his beautiful family.  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.

Chris Lovingood WRAL said,

Many people know Stephen Boss for his work on ‘Ellen’ and as a contestant along with his wife on ‘So You Think You Can Dance.”

“The representative said [Stephen] Boss died by suicide without sharing further details.”—(in the article) Folks, please know about resources out there if you’re struggling: You can call and text 988 for the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.

Meghann Mollerus posted,

Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss was a bright light — always entertaining audiences with dance moves and a big smile, both on the Ellen Show and on his adorable family’s social media pages. This news is shocking. At this time, CBS News has not confirmed the cause of death, though in the article you will find what some sources are reporting. This time of year can be very difficult. If you ever need to talk to someone, there is no shame in calling 988 — the crisis lifeline available 24/7.

Joyous Health posted,

I am so saddened by the news of tWitch’s passing. You might know him from SYTYCD or Ellen but during the pandemic, tWitch and his wife Allison did these dancing IG LIVES, and my daughter and I joined them to “raise our vibration” during the lockdown. I am heartbroken for his wife Allison and their 3 kids. He shared so much positivity and love always.

You never know what mental health struggles go on “behind the screen”. We must be kind to each other and give others the benefit of the doubt.

Brittany Dionne WBRC said,

Truly saddened by this. Montgomery, AL native, DJ Stephen “tWitch” Boss, dead by suicide at 40 years old. He was best known for his work on the ‘Ellen DeGeneresShow’ and ‘So You Think You Can Dance?’ May he rest well.


Condolences and tributes to DJ Stephen 


If you or a loved one needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255




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2 thoughts on “Why did DJ Stephen commit suicide? Circumstances surrounding his death Explained”

  1. Looking so happy in these videos – I watched them – w/ his family & 24 hrs. Prior to “suicide” – THIS DOES NOT LOOK LIKE A SUICIDE CASE!!!!!!!

  2. I think he had unfinished “business” – didn’t trust the person. Left his car at home because of it, they met at the hotel & that person killed him. Pass this the F#CK ALONG BECAUSE THIS DOESN’T MAKE SENSE!!!!!!!! Usually there are warning signs. Loved ones know. Some deep pain that won’t go away. There are signals.


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