Justin Timberlake and Channing Tatum have both penned touching tributes to the late dancer and DJ Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss.
His death provoked a flood of condolences from his famous pals, and Justin rushed to Twitter to lament Stephen’s “heartbreaking” loss.
Justin Timberlake and Channing Tatum Pay Tribute to Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss.
Justin Timberlake is the latest celebrity to express his sympathies following the terrible loss of Stephen “tWitch” Boss, former DJ on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, who committed suicide at 40 on Dec. 14.
“It’s devastating to hear that someone who brought so much pleasure to a room was struggling so badly behind closed doors,” Justin tweeted on December 14. “Twitch has been a part of the dance community for almost 20 years, and he always lights up the room. You never know what someone else is going through.”
In a subsequent tweet, the “S*xyBack” singer shared two photographs of tWitch doing what he did best: dancing. The first image shows the Ellen DJ raising a lady over his head on the talk show stage. The second photo has the So You Think You Can Dance graduate perched on the tips of his toes.
“Take care of yourself,” Justin said. “I adore the person in the mirror. Check on your employees. In this dark, perplexing moment, I’m sending light to his lovely family. Sir, you will be missed. Take it easy.”
Channing, who co-starred with Stephen in the 2015 film Magic Mike XXL, released a behind-the-scenes shot from the production and informed his Instagram followers that he couldn’t believe Stephen is no longer alive.
“I’m at a loss for words. There are none. This is something neither my intellect nor my emotions can comprehend. There’s just so much… I’m at a loss for words. I adore you. My buddy, I’ll see you again. Until that time, “He penned an emotive caption.
Allison Holker Boss, a dancer, and his wife were the first to break the news of her husband’s death in a statement to People. “It is with heavy hearts that I must inform you that my husband Stephen has left us,” she wrote.
“Stephen brightened every place he entered. Above all, he treasured family, friends, and community, and leading with love and light was everything to him. He was our family’s rock, the finest husband and father, and an inspiration to his admirers.
On Wednesday, DeGeneres grieved her friend and coworker on Twitter. “I’m devasted,” she said on Twitter, following a photo of herself hugging the dancer and DJ. “tWitch was pure light and love.
He was my family, and I loved him with everything I had. I’m going to miss him. Please offer Allison and his three lovely children, Weslie, Maddox, and Zaia, your love, and support.”
Almost all of those celebrities sent their sympathies to Stephen’s family – his wife Allison and their three children – and advised people to contact out if they needed assistance or to check in with their loved ones.