Hollywood was stunned this week after the Ellen DeGeneres Show DJ and So You Think You Can Dance judge/contestant was found dead in an Encino, Calif., motel room. The coroner ruled the 40-year-old’s death, on Tuesday, a sui.ci.de.
Eddy shared the final text he got from his grandson, which said, “I love you Dad-Dad.” The choreographer and pro dancer also posted a photo tribute to his grandfather on Instagram on Dec. 9 for the 88-year-old’s birthday.
The senior Boss described the family — including wife Allison Holker Boss and the couple’s three children — as “completely devastated. Our question is why? Where did it come from?”
Boss and his wife, who met through SYTYCD and lit up Instagram with their fun dance videos, were looking ahead to 2023.
A potential project was potentially another season as judge on SYTYCD, where he first danced onto the scene as a contestant 2008. He was runner-up that season of the show, returned as an All-Star (along with his future wife), and then was tapped as a judge for the season that aired earlier this year.
His judging gig on SYTYCD kicked off just as his long-time run as the Ellen DeGeneres Show DJ and producer came to an end in May when the talk show ended its 19-year run. He also appeared in the films Magic Mike XXL and Step Up 3D.
A separate report , Boss was in financial trouble at the time of his death, citing sources with direct knowledge.
Holker Boss, who hosted Disney+’s Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings with her husband, said he “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.”
In a tribute, DeGeneres said she was “heartbroken” over the death of tWitch, who was family. They met when he taught her the choreography for a dance and she brought him on as DJ for her show in 2014. On Thursday, she posted a second tribute — a video she made for tWitch as the show ended. She showed it on air and he teared up watching it. His mother was in the audience.