A haunting video featuring late DJ and dancer Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss has resurfaced online one day after he tragically died by suicide.
In the eerie clip posted to Instagram by former Warner Brothers exec Johanna Fuentes, the beloved Ellen DeGeneres Show DJ could be seen standing behind the show’s then-executive producer Andy Lassner as he addresses staff about checking in on each other in the wake of the show’s cancellation after almost two decades on air.
“This is a life change. And we’re all going through it,” Lassner told staff at the final taping of the show back in May.
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“It’s OK to be sad and to reach out to each other because nobody knows this exact experience other than the people who worked here, the people who represent Ellen, and the people at Warner Bros. who take good care of her.”
‘We have all been through this – and we went through it. And we went through it together,” Lassner continued in his emotional speech, as Boss stood directly behind him in view of the camera. “You guys should be proud that you’ve stuck it out, you went through it. You got to see what we’ve done for 19 years.”
“But keep each other close. Don’t keep in the pain. Talk to someone,” he concluded.
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In the caption accompanying the video, fellow producer Fuentes paid an emotional tribute to Boss, saying she has been “rooting for Twitch through every chapter” even when she first saw him on So You Think You Can Dance.
“An immense talent who brought joy to every room he walked into,” she wrote. “Am devastated for Allison and their kids, for his friends and his family. He was such a bright light. As Andy said it best as the show wrapped – let’s keep each other close. Don’t keep in the pain, talk to someone. Anyone. 💔.”
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The clip comes as the Los Angeles County medical examiner confirmed Boss’ cause of death was suicide, as per People. He was 40 years old.
Prior to his death, wife Allison Holker reportedly told police her husband of nine years unexpectedly left their family home on foot on Tuesday, sparking concern when he stopped all communication.
“She stressed how out of character tWitch’s disappearance was,” TMZ reported. “She told cops he just simply left their house – there was no argument or issue – and he wouldn’t answer any of her calls.”
As police reportedly considered Boss’ absence a “critical missing persons”, his body was discovered at the Oak Tree Inn hotel in Encino, California, which is a 15-minute walk from his family home.
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