In case you have not heard, Stephen ‘DJ Twitch’ Boss, was found in a hotel room today. Most of us know Twitch from his job as Ellen Degeneres DJ on her hit talk show Ellen. But other people know him and a father, a husband, a friend and a family member. And his passing is devastating to the people he knew and to fans whom he brought so much happiness and joy through music and through dancing.
Twitch was born September 29, 1982 and his full name is Stephen Laurel Boss. And in 2000, he graduated from Lee High School in Montgomery, Alabama and studied dance performance at Southern Union State Community College in Wadley, Alabama and at Chapman University.
Twitch would go on to become a dancer, choreographer, actor, television producer, and television personality.
He met his future wife, Allison Holder, on the tv competition ‘So You Think You Can Dance.’ They did not originally compete against one another on the same season, but returning during a subsequent “All-Star” season gave the two a chance to connect. Allison and Twitch actually met during that season, when her fellow contestant threw a party they both attended.
According to reports, Stephen “tWitch” Boss, he didn’t say a word to Allison Holker throughout Season 7 of “So You Think You Can Dance.” Holker, however, was smitten right away, admitting to Dance Spirit in a joint interview that she thought he was the “cutest guy ever.” According to her, she dropped hints, but Boss “was completely oblivious to it.” And to make matters worse, she claimed they “avoided” one another outside of rehearsals.
That changed during the premiere of “Step Up 3D” according to interviews they’ve done. Allison noticed Twitch on the red carpet and thought he looked “so hot.” Instead of ignoring each other, Twitch greeted Allison, and she got flustered right away. However, they later danced together and hit it off.
Allison said in an interview, “I finally made my move, and he asked me for my number.” Unfortunately, he didn’t call her. So, she got his number and texted him with praise over the movie and premiere.
Even after that, it took the Season 7 “SYTYCD” wrap party for magic to happen. Allison told Dance Spirit she knew the party might be her last chance with Twitch and “was on a mission to find” him. When she did, they spent hours dancing together. Twitch later said in an interview that the dance “initiated everything” for the couple. He said, “Without that dance, I don’t know what other signs I would have needed.”
in 2013, Twitch decided to propose to Allison. orchestrated an epic proposal. They booked a commercial for Microsoft together, and he used that setting to ask Allison to marry him. He flew her parents in to surprise her, and her daughter, Weslie, was there, too.
They then said their ‘I do’s’ in December 2013 at the California vineyard owned by “So You Think You Can Dance” executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe, according to reports.
Twitch just recently they re-posted their wedding photos in celebration of their 9th wedding anniversary. You can see in the photos how happy they were. But that post is now filled with comments expressing sympathy for the life of Stephen “Twitch” Boss.
Allison and Twitch welcomed their son Maddox in 2016, and daughter Zaia came in 2019. In addition, Twitch adopted Allison’s first daughter after their 2013 wedding.
Twitch leaves behind such young children. Weslie Fowler, their oldest child, is just 14 years old. Their middle child Maddox is just 6 years old, and their youngest child Zaia is just 3 years old.
Twitch went on to be a DJ on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He also signed on for Ellen’s Game of Games in 2017 and had a role in Magic Mike XXL. And the couple also hosted Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings.
The couple worked also recently signed on with Dick’s Sporting Goods as the first-long term ambassadors of its family athleisure brand, DSG x Twitch x Allison.
The DSG x tWitch + Allison collab features men’s and women’s looks, from matching sweat sets to mix and match hoodies, joggers, beanies. One percent of all DSG sales benefit Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation Sports Matter program, which helps fund youth sports organizations in need across the country. So hopefully y’all will support Twitch’s athleisure line in honor of his life.
Twitch said this about the fashion line:
“I think a lot of the style and the inspiration came from our lives. What were we already kind of wearing? What were we leaning towards putting on every day?” he explains. “I think that the pandemic introduced more access to athleisurewear and being more comfortable, just rocking out on the daily. And Allison and I stay on the move, so whatever we have on has to be able to move with us and we wanted to keep that in mind for whatever it was that we were building.”
You never know what people are going through. Twitch posted this message to his Instagram on November 15th, slightly less than a month from today:
Law enforcement sources tell us Stephen’s wife Allison Holker ran into an LAPD station Tuesday, and she was frantic because she said Stephen had left home without his car — something that was not like him at all.
We’re told, a short time later — around 11:15 AM — paramedics got a call for a medical emergency at an L.A. hotel … and they found Twitch there, dead from an apparent self-inflicted injury. It was determined he had already transitioned at the scene.
Allison tells TMZ,
“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 continues, “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.”
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