Michelle Obama issues ‘heartbroken’ statement on death of ‘Ellen Show’ DJ Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss

It was reported this week that 40-year-old Stephen “tWitch” Boss, the longtime DJ on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” died by way of suicide on Monday.

Now former first lady Michelle Obama has released a statement about how “heartbroken” she was upon learning the tragic news, The Hill reported.

Obama had become fairly well acquainted with Boss due to her frequent appearances on DeGeneres’ program over the years.

Obama mourns loss of friend

In a post to Instagram on Wednesday, Obama wrote, “I was heartbroken to learn about the passing of Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss, who I got to know over the years through my Let’s Move! initiative and visits to The Ellen Show.”

“Stephen was an incredible force — someone who radiated kindness and positivity, and made sure that people around him could feel it, too. We felt his spirit in every dance, every DJ set, every piece of creativity that he brought to life,” she continued. “My heart goes out to his wife, Allison, and their three children, Weslie, Maddox, and Zaia.”

The former first lady appropriately added, “And if any of you out there are struggling and need someone to talk to, please know that you are never alone. There is always someone ready to help. You can call or text the suicide and crisis hotline by dialing 988.”


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Grieving widow speaks out

E! News reported Wednesday that Boss’ death was confirmed via a statement from his now-widowed wife, Allison Holker, who said, “It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to share my husband Stephen has left us.”

“Stephen lit up every room he stepped into,” she continued. “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.”

“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. We ask for privacy during this difficult time for myself and especially for our three children,” Holker added. “Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I will always save the last dance for you.”

E! News noted that Boss and Holker had first met in 2010 as contestants on the show “So You Think You Can Dance” and later got married in 2013.

One year later, in 2014, Boss became the DJ on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and quickly became a fan favorite, so much so that he was named co-producer in 2020 and often filled in as the guest host in DeGeneres’ absence in the final few years of the program.

Death ruled a suicide

The New York Post’s Page Six reported Wednesday that, per the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner, Boss died in a suicide from a gunshot wound to the head, there were “no signs of foul play,” and the case of his death had been formally closed.

He had been found dead in a motel room bathroom not too far from his family’s home, tragically just a few days after he and his wife had celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary and had reportedly begun to consider expanding their family with additional children.

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