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Nigel Lythgoe Mourns the Death of Stephen ‘tWitchBoss: ‘The Dance Community Will Be Reeling Today

Nigel Lythgoe is remembering 至于比蒂 “tWitchBoss following his death 周二.

前者 所以,你认为你能跳舞吗 法官, 73, shared that he washeartbroken and devastatedby the news of Boss’ 死亡. Boss competed on the dance competition show in 2008, ending season 4 as a runner-up and later returning as an All-Star. He was a judge when the show returned in 2022.

I’m at a loss to understand how someone as loved and as inspirational to so many people as Stephen was, can feel they are in such a dark place that they have no other choice but to end their life,” 他在一份声明中说. “With Twitch that is unimaginable to me. What were the demons that he kept to himself?”

He always had that broad smile and a joy of life. Everyone who met him loved him,” 他继续. “Did he really have no one to talk with that could help him to unload some of his issues? How sad, how very sad. Mental health is a real issue that is often hidden from us.

Producer Nigel Lythgoe and Stephen ÒtWitchÓ Boss attend the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, SAG-AFTRA and Career Transitions for Dancers presents "Dancers Forum" with Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley, Adam Shankman, Kym Johnson, tWitch and more at SAG Foundation Actors Center on July 25, 2013 在洛杉矶, 加利福尼亚州.

Producer Nigel Lythgoe and Stephen ÒtWitchÓ Boss attend the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, SAG-AFTRA and Career Transitions for Dancers presents "Dancers Forum" with Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley, Adam Shankman, Kym Johnson, tWitch and more at SAG Foundation Actors Center on July 25, 2013 在洛杉矶, 加利福尼亚州.

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Lythgoe continued, “The dance community will be reeling today but my deepest sympathy goes out to his wife, Allison and their children.

He concluded his statement by noting the importance of looking after each other especially with the holidays approaching.

It’s important to recognize that mental health is a real problem and sometimes goes unnoticed in our loved ones,” 他分享了. “As we go into this happy time of the year for so many of us we must recognize that stress and dark emotions appear to be heightened in others.

至于比蒂 "Twitch" Boss

至于比蒂 "Twitch" Boss

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Boss died by suicide at the age of 40. His wife, fellow 所以,你认为你能跳舞吗 星星 Allison Holker Boss, shared a statement with PEOPLE on the matter.

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to share my husband Stephen has left us,” 艾莉森, 34, 说过. “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.

To say he left a legacy would be an understatement, and his positive impact will continue to be felt,” 她继续. “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.

In concluding her post, Allison added a message for her husband: “至于比蒂, we love you, we miss you, and I will always save the last dance for you.

Stephen tWitch Boss

Stephen tWitch Boss

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In addition to Allison, Boss is survived by 孩子们 Zaia, 3, 马多克斯, 6, and Weslie, 14.

Following a successful run on competition shows like SYTYCD, Boss landed a gig as a guest DJ on 艾伦·德杰尼勒斯 展示 在 2014. He later became a permanent fixture on the series and eventually was named a co-executive producer for the series.

Offscreen, Boss frequently posted fun dance videos with wife Allison — who also competed on SYTYCD在社交媒体上. Their kids would often join the pair in their dance video posts.

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