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Condolences and memories are pouring in on social media for Stephen “tWitch” Boss.
tWitch, famous for being the DJ of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, death by suicide. His wife, Allison Holker Boss, confirmed the news. “It is with the heaviest of hearts that I must share that my husband, Stephen, has left us,” Boss said in a statement obtained by NBC News.
Jennifer Lopez, Channing Tatum, former first lady Michelle Obama, Viola Davis, Jada Pinkett Smith and Yvette Nicole Brown are among the growing number of celebrities sharing memories of him and expressing their condolences.
“I was heartbroken to learn of the passing of Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss, whom I have known over the years through my Let’s Move! initiative and visits to The Ellen Show,” Obama said. wrote in a post. “My heart goes out to his wife, Allison, and his three children during this difficult time.”
Davis posted on Instagram, “I am at a loss for words right now, praying for his family and loved ones.”
Former Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade also shared a tribute video of himself dancing with the late Boss.
“Everyone who met tWitch hurts hearing this news today,” Wade wrote. “Grateful to have had this moment with you in your light.”
Channing Tatum too shared a tributeaccompanied by a shirtless photo of him and Boss.
“I have no words. There are none. My head or my heart can’t understand this,” Tatum captioned the photo. “There are so many things…I don’t know where to start. I love you. I’ll see you again my friend. Until then.”
Pinkett Smith posted a group photo on Instagram of her with tWitch and actor Donald Glover. The three starred together in “Magic Mike.” She wrote in the caption, “We had a lot of great times on the set of ‘Magic Mike’. He was so sweet and kind and generous.”
tWitch was known for appearing on the dance show “So You Think You Can Dance”. Brown said on Twitter, “This news broke my heat. I’ve loved him since #SYTYCD. He was always so happy and full of life. Always.”
Jennifer Lopez shared pictures with Derek Hough, Ne-Yo and tWitch, who was a guest judge on “World of Dance” while the others were the show’s permanent judges.
“Twitch was such a light and beautiful soul. Shocked and deeply saddened. My heart breaks for @sir_twitch_alot, his wife and children,” the singer wrote in the caption. “I send you love and strength.”
“So you think you can dance,” Judge Mary Murphy wrote in a statement, in part: “I am so deeply saddened by the news of Twitch’s passing. My soul is crying and hurting on a cellular level. I was a proud mama bear Twitch. He was hungry, eager, and eager to do the work that would lift his spirit and means. When I first met Twitch, there was something about him. Call It’s a twinkle in the eye because his eyes sparkled so much. His smile lit up on stage every time he stepped on it!”
Questlove also posted a tribute on Instagram saying, in part, “I have no words man. May his family find a solution in this dark time.”
He also took the opportunity to advocate for empathy and self-care.
“Every day is a winding road and you may never know who’s on the edge,” Questlove said. “Many of us can’t process emotions and how to deal with them.”
He encouraged people to “take time for themselves and sit in silence. Time literally heals wounds.”
Sports analyst Emmanuel Acho posted a video on Twitter of him and tWitch laughing so hard they were crying and whistling after Acho explained to the professional dancer that he only had one dance move.
“We will miss you,” Acho captioned the video. “Thank you for always laughing and smiling with me.”
tWitch guest starred in an episode of ‘Modern Family’ and an alumnus of the show Julie Bowen said on Instagram “it was like being visited by the sun” when he arrived on set.
“His lightness, joy and kindness filled every room he walked into,” she said.
Kalen Allen is working on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ with tWitch and posted a touching tribute on Instagram
“God knows my heart still stops because I’ve never had a friend like you. No words, dances or sights can capture how wonderful your existence was to this world and to me.”
Actress Kerry Washington said on Instagram, “the world has lost a bright light” and she encouraged people to seek out mental health resources when needed.
Director “Bridesmaids” and “Ghostbusters” Paul Feig wrote on Twitter“Absolutely devastated by this news. Stephen was a wonderful, loving soul, filled with joy and positive energy.”
Blogger Perez Hilton said on Twitter that tWitch’s death was “so tragic”.
On TwitterKatie Couric called the news “so so sad”.