Derek Hough posted an emotional video to his Instagram feed on December 16, 2022. The Dancing With the Stars pro-turned-judge shared some really tough news with his fans, letting them know that someone else he knew died by suicide on Thanksgiving morning .
“I actually wanted to make this video a few weeks ago because I found out that a man I knew died by suicide on Thanksgiving morning. And it was a total shock because he was the most positive, just plain optimistic and beautiful man you could imagine,” Hough said in the video.
Hough’s video was shared just days after the sudden death of Stephen “tWitch” Boss, who committed suicide on December 12, 2022.
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Hough encouraged anyone experiencing feelings of sadness to come forward
Hough shared the raw, emotional video to reach anyone who is struggling. In the caption of his post, he shared the contact information for the National Suicide and Prevention Lifeline.
“It was a shock, to say the least,” Hough said of the news of the man’s death, adding that it was a reminder that this time of year is really challenging for many people.
“The time of year when people feel like it’s just too much. And now to hear about our friend Stephen and the fact that within a few weeks he has walked the exact same path as this man is just heartbreaking. Confusing. Shocking,” Hough continued.
“There are so many different feelings and I’m trying to figure it out. But I just want, I just want to express and just say, for everyone out there feeling these thoughts and these feelings, please please I beg you, I beg you. Give people the opportunity to be there for you,” he added, beginning to cry.
Hough cried as he promised things would get better, even though it seems like they never will. The post’s comments section filled with love, support, and gratitude from family, friends, and fans.
Hough shared a few posts on Twitch
Hough was completely shocked to learn of Twitch’s death and shared a few posts about the dancer on social media. When Hough first heard the news, he shared a heartbroken emoji on his Instagram Stories and nothing more. He later wrote a tribute to tWitch on his Instagram feed.
“My heart aches for @allisonholker and her beautiful family at this time. My thoughts cling to memories of the dear friend we all lost. When I think of Twitch, I think of wisdom, love, light and laughter. He brought joy to everyone he met and was an inspiration to all. It will take some time to fully process this. May you rest in peace my friend. We love you,” Hough labeled an image of yourself with tWitch.
Twitch was found dead at a motel not far from his home in Encino, California. according to TMZ. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. New reports claim that Twitch left a suicide note
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, you can call the toll-free number National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by dialing 988. Help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week with support in English and Spanish. You can also speak to a trained crisis counselor 24 hours a day by texting HOME to 741741 to reach them crisis text line.
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