DWTS professionals mourn the loss of a dance family member

Derek Hough, Val Chmerkovskiy and Witney Carson.

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The DWTS professionals mourn the loss of a colleague.

The Dancing With the Stars family is mourning the loss of someone close to their inner circle. On December 14, 2022, TMZ reports that Stephen “tWitch” Boss died by suicide.

Boss was on “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2008 and took second place. From 2014 to 2022, he DJed Ellen, getting everyone up and dancing every single show.

Boss turned 40 on September 29, 2022, and celebrated his ninth wedding anniversary with his wife, Allison Holker, just days before his death. He is survived by Holker and their three children, Weslie, Maddox, and Zaia.

After the news was confirmed in a statement from Holker, several professionals from DWTS shared their sincere condolences and general heartbreak on social media.

“It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that my husband Stephen has left us. Stephen lit up every room he entered. He valued family, friends and community above all and guidance 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,” Holker said to People magazine.

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Several professionals have shared heartfelt messages on social media following the boss’s death

Tributes for Boss began pouring in on Wednesday morning.

“RIP my friend. Sending so much love and healing to @alisonholker and the kids. There are no words for this. We love you,” Witney Carson wrote on her Instagram Stories.

“May you forever dance in heaven and wear that smile that lit the world,” said pregnant pro-pro Jenna Johnson.

“There just aren’t the right words to describe this morning’s heartbreaking news. No amount of thought and prayer can make it better. Our dance community just lost one of its brightest lights. A woman has lost her soulmate and babies have lost their father. However, Heavy won an Angel. A boss at that,” shared new mom Sharna Burgess. She also shared the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

“My heart breaks to hear this news,” pregnant pro Lindsay Arnold wrote on her IG Stories. “Absolutely devastating. My prayers and love go out to @allisonholker and the entire Boss family.”

“Absolutely heartbreaking,” said Alan Bersten. “Not just a legend in the dance world, but the whole world knew his name. REST IN PEACE.”

“I’ve been trying to process and find the words, but I can’t. Twitch was the light in every room he entered. I watched him make every effort to say hello to each and every person and his kindness was immeasurable. His heart was pure gold and he just had the ability to make everyone feel special. The world hurts today and I will miss you very much. rest in peace twitch I am praying for you Allison your babies and family,” Koko Iwasaki posted on her Instagram Stories along with a photo of Boss.

“My heart breaks for @sir_twitch_alot @allisonholker and her beautiful family,” Retired DWTS pro Cheryl Burke captioned an Instagram photo of her with boss. “Twitch, thank you for representing the dance world with so much positivity and grace, but more importantly, thank you for being such a joyful and inspiring person and always putting a smile on my face. May your soul rest in peace my friend.”

“I’m at a loss for words… I wrote a few paragraphs and deleted everything because it’s all so irrelevant right now. I have so much to say, but I just want to hold on to the memories I have and not try to dwell on them.” Former DWTS pro Maks Chmerkovskiy wrote. “Stephen ‘Twitch’ Boss was the only man I’ve met in the entire industry who was loved by absolutely everyone. That doesn’t make any sense at all… Rest in peace my friend.”


Judges and troop members also shared news about the boss

Several other tributes have filled social media.

“Actually, I’m at a loss for words. Such a beautiful soul is gone far too soon. Rest buddy,” Hayley Erbert posted on her Instagram Stories.

“Rest in peace and strength. Gone too soon,” judge Carrie Ann Inaba wrote on her Instagram Stories. She wrote a much longer tribute on her Instagram feed.

“Heart breaks waking up to the news that this beautiful soul is no longer with us in this world. He was special. A good man, a husband, an artist, a dancer, an entertainer, a bright light… He was exceptional. He could do anything and he did it with joy and grace and some pride. Twitch I’m at a loss… my heart seems frozen… like I don’t want to exhale hoping maybe someone will correct this horrible mistake when I don’t exhale. And everything will be fine again. Joining my prayers with all the other prayers to @allisonholker and your family…sending them love and so much support.

@sir_twitch_alot… May I say…
Thank you for being a man who led with grace. A cool presence in a world full of uptight people… and unfulfilled artists chasing their dreams.
It always seemed like you shared your successes with all of us. And that is something very special. And I know I’m not alone when I say you gave me so much hope. You were one of the things that always seemed right in this world. I loved it when you hosted the @tellenshow. You made everything look so easy.

It was poetry for you. I remember before I even met you I wrote a concept for a show built around you because your presence on SYTYCD was so special. We will miss you.

And I am so sad that I will not see your future unfold the way it should have and that you will open more and more doors for others in your entourage. But I can safely say that you have made this world a better place.

This smile.
That grace.
This style.
This mighty being that is and always will be your spirit. May you rise and rest in peace and strength.”

Unable to put his feelings and emotions into words, Derek Hough simply left a heartbroken emoji on his Instagram Stories and nothing more.

CONTINUE READING: Stephen ‘tWitch’ boss’ last Instagram post was shared 2 days before his tragic death

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