So You Think You Can Dance all-star and Ellen DeGeneres Show DJ Stephen “tWitch” Boss died by suicide on December 13. Since then, DeGeneres has been posting tributes to her late friend on Instagram every day. On December 23, she recorded a new video message for her friends and fans, in which she talked about how hard it’s been for her since Boss passed away.
Here’s what DeGeneres had to say:
DeGeneres said, “Everyone’s in pain,” but we must all try to honor the boss’s memory
in the emotional video in which DeGeneres visibly holds back tearsthe talk show host admits she’s not feeling well and that it’s all so hard, but she’s calling on everyone who knew tWitch or was just a fan of them to do things to honor their memory.
DeGeneres says in the message:
Hi Guys. I just wanted to say that the last 11 days have been really tough for everyone. Everyone’s in pain trying to make sense of it and we’ll never understand it and the holidays are tough I guess anyway. But to honor Twitch, I think the best thing we can do is laugh and hug and play games, dance and sing. So we honor him by doing the things he loved, which is dancing. He loved music, he loved games, so let’s do this.
And I know it seems hard, it seems impossible, but this is how we honor him. Hug and tell each other we love each other and let people know we are there for them and look after people.
So happy holidays everyone. I know it’s not a happy holiday but it was pure light as everyone said in the comments. If you knew him, you knew that. If you didn’t know him, you saw it. Let’s honor and remember him and send love to each other.
On her other tribute posts to boss DeGeneres wrote“He was kind. He was beautiful. He was smart. He was so funny”, and “I am heartbroken. 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.”
DeGeneres’ famous friends and fans flock to her and post memories on Twitch
Comedian Loni Love wrote that DeGeneres helped spread the message of joy from tWitch, and everyone “will continue to dance for their family and memory,” writing, “You helped transform his life and spread the message of joy through dancing.” He loved you and the show. He loved us all and it helps me to know that he loved us. I will miss him but we will continue to dance for his family and memory.”
“Home and Family” hosts Kym Douglas wrote, “I’ll get in touch with you, Ellen. Sending love and thank you for all the years of laughter and fun.”
“Sending you my love my friend,” she wrote Actress Hannah Waddingham.
“The brightest of lights,” he wrote Dancer and actress Jenna Dewan.
Singer Jessica Sutta wrote, “Thank you for posting this and everything over the past week to honor him. You are a beautiful soul and you are LOVED. I’m sorry for your loss.”
Other celebrities who have left messages include Busta Rhymes, Jana Kramer, Katie Couric, Ted Winn, Carnie Wilson, Shawn Christian, Ryan Tedder, Lewis Howes, Keo Motsepe and many more.
A fan left a heartfelt message to DeGeneres saying that Twitch will be with her “always”.
The fan wrote:
Ellen… We don’t know each other
However, what I can say is that everything you see on Twitch is a direct reflection of you…
grief is hard
Trust is a challenge right now
However, listen to your body, rest, love and yes, do what you love to do
Be the light you are.
Feel his hug… hug yourself, smile
Feel the sunlight… shine your light
Feel the wind blow… take a deep breath
Listen to the music…dance
He is always with you.
Another fan wrote“I didn’t know him and his death touched me more than I thought, the death of someone I never met. I hate knowing someone is hurting so bad they can’t take it. I fight the same way and it breaks my heart. I hope everyone can find peace.”
Boss is survived by his wife, former Dancing With the Stars pro Allison Holker, whom he met on So You Think You Can Dance, and their three children – daughter Weslie, 14, from Holker’s previous relationship, who Boss is adopting Has. and son Maddox, 6, and daughter Zaia, 3.
A week after his death, Holker posted a photo of them on Instagram and wrote, “My ONE and ONLY. Oh how my heart aches. We miss you so much.”
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