DJ tWitch, known for Ellen DeGeneres show, found dead in Los Angeles hotel

The artist and entertainer became a fixture on the programme after he joined in 2014

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Stephen “tWitch” Boss, the DJ from The Ellen DeGeneres Show, has died.

Entertainment website TMZ said the DJ and dancer was found in a Los Angeles hotel on Tuesday. Page Six reported an autopsy ruled the death as suicide and said The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner had closed the case.

TMZ said his wife, Allison Holker, had contacted police because she was concerned for her husband.

His body was discovered a short time later.

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to share my husband Stephen has left us,” several media outlets reported Holker as saying.

“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.”

A spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department said officers had responded to a call on Tuesday involving the death of a man.

Boss became a fixture on The Ellen DeGeneres Show after he joined in 2014.

He stayed with the programme until it ended this year.

He had also appeared on dance competition show So You Think You Can Dance, and had roles in movies Step Up and Magic Mike XXL.

Along with his wife, he hosted reality show Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings.

The couple, who married in 2013, have three children.

“To say he left a legacy would be an understatement, and his positive impact will continue to be felt,” Holker said in her statement.

“I am certain there won't be a day that goes by that we won't honour his memory.”

DeGeneres took to social media after news of the tragedy broke, posting a picture of her and Boss hugging.

“I'm heartbroken,” she wrote on Instagram.

“tWitch was pure love and light. He was my family, and I loved him with all my heart. I will miss him.”

— Additional reporting by AFP

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Updated: December 17, 2022, 12:48 PM