There were ‘no signs’ that the dancer was having trouble in the weeks before his passing, according to Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss’ grieving grandfather.
Around 11:15 a.m., the 40-year-old’s body was discovered in a room at the Oak Tree Motel in Los Angeles, about a 15-minute walk from his home. m. this Tuesday.
He sent his grandfather a text message saying, “I love you Dad-Dad,” and four days earlier, he posted a birthday message on social media.
Eddy Boss, 84, said in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com that there were no indications of stress in the weeks or months before his death.
He said of the former producer of the Ellen Show, “We communicated as recently as Saturday on several occasions.
He continued to be the same upbeat person he had always been. We had no reason to believe anything was unusual. “.
He was very giving and humble. Everybody’s day was made better by him. Right now, we are utterly devastated. “.
He was lovely and greatly benefited the world and everyone he encountered. As we mourn for him, we are in excruciating sorrow. “.
Eddy, who made the trip from Arizona to be with the family, advises those concerned about their loved ones: watch out for warning signs.
Every word, he insisted, has a meaning. He quickly texted me to say, “I love you, Dad-Dad,” in that simple manner. “.
The LAPD acknowledged his grandson died from a “self-inflicted gunshot wound,” but Eddy said he was “not confident” it was a suicide.
The LA County Coroner’s Office has been informed of the situation, a police spokesman said.
Three days before he shot himself in the head, Boss and his 34-year-old wife, Allison Holker, had celebrated their anniversary.
A sign on the family’s front lawn states that daughter Weslie will enrol at Notre Dame University in the class of 2026; as a result, the suicide casts a shadow over her bright future.
She additionally endorses brands like her parents’ Dick’s Sporting Goods and models’ athletic wear. She is a member of the soccer team at her school as well.
While sharing her sorrow, Ellen DeGeneres praised him as her “family” and “pure love and light.”.
She remarked, “I’ll miss him. Please show Allison and his three adorable children Weslie, Maddox, and Zaia your love and support. “.
The DJ’s body was found by a maid checking on him when he didn’t check out on time, according to motel staff who spoke to DailyMail.com.
According to them, he checked into the motel on Monday under his name and was discovered on Tuesday morning.
The workers described the situation as “horrible” and claimed that the man “shot himself in the head,” but no one heard the gunshots.
On Monday, he left the house without his car, and when he didn’t come home by Tuesday — gone for the night — his wife hurried to file a missing person’s report.
Rakesh, the Oak Tree Inn manager, asserted, “He entered his room and never came out.”. At 11:15 a.m., the maid showed up to check on the room. m. on Tuesday.
“No one was present, but his belongings were. When she cleaned the bathroom, she found blood all over it.
She was terrified. This is the first time this has occurred in this location. The 911 operator asked us to check his pulse, but when we did, we found none.
He had already been pronounced dead when the police and paramedics arrived. He might have done it all day on Monday. It’s possible that nobody heard it due to the noisy, congested outside traffic.
Monday at around 9:20 a.m., m. Boss made a call in advance to check on the availability of rooms. He then strolled a few blocks from his home while maintaining his “normal” and “calm” demeanour. “.
A dancer and co-host of “Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings” on Disney, Allison and Boss wed in 2013 and are now co-hosts.
He started working on Ellen’s show in 2014 and remained there until 2022 when he was promoted to executive producer.
The couple’s children are Weslie, 14, Maddox, 6, and Zaia, 3.
Allison said, “I must inform you that my husband Stephen has left us with great sadness.”.
His presence illuminated every space Stephen entered. Above all else, he greatly valued his community, family, and friends. He thought the best way to go about things was to lead with love and light. “.
He was our family’s rock, the best husband and father, and an example to his followers. “.
“To say that he left a legacy is an understatement, and his positive impact will endure. “.
I’m sure there won’t ever be a day when we forget about him. We respectfully request your privacy in this trying time for our three kids and me. “.
We love and miss you, Stephen, and I will permanently save the last dance for you. “.
Only a few months prior, Ellen paid tribute to her ex-partner Anne Heche, who passed away after crashing her car into a Los Angeles residence while under the influence of cocaine. She was trapped in the blazing fire for 45 minutes before passing away from her hospital wounds.
An LAPD official told DailyMail. Com that the LA County Coroner’s office was handling the case because there was no indication of “foul play.”.
Boss acknowledged missing the Ellen show, which he said “made its stamp on history,” when he was last spotted in the media in September. “.
Man, life has been good,” he continued. Since the kids started returning to school, we have spent much more time at home. Man, life is a beautiful thing.
“Another show like it won’t ever be produced. It was one of the best places to spend an afternoon and left a lasting impression on history. “.
The couple uploaded a video of a beginner’s dance cardio workout to their YouTube channel two days before his passing. Throughout the entire video, they both seemed content.
Having made his entertainment industry debut on MTV’s The Wade Robson Project, Boss made his debut as a DJ on the program. Later, he finished second on Star Search.
He then participated in “So You Think You Can Dance,” placing second and later returning as an All-Star and judge in 2022.
Just two days before he passed away, the talented dancer shared a video of himself and his wife dancing in front of their Christmas tree.
Andy Lassner, a former executive producer of the Ellen show, tweeted, “Rest, my friend,” along with a picture of the three of them with Ellen DeGeneres, as a tribute to Boss.
The Ellen show’s final episode, which aired on May 26, was cancelled earlier this year due to allegations of bullying and a “toxic workplace.”. “.
After Ellen received criticism for the working conditions on her talk show near the end of the episode, Boss stood by her.
There has been love, and he told US Weekly, “but we can’t say anything about it legally.
However, from my perspective and the perspectives of many others, there has been love. There are challenges to be addressed. “.
I’ll stop there until we can discuss it in more detail. Love has existed and will continue to live. “.
At least ten current and former staff members of The Ellen Show reported incidents of racism and bullying in 2020.
The program, from 2003 to 2022, is well-known for its charitable outlook and persistent proclamation of the motto “Be Kind. “
On the other hand, staff members who worked on the production’s daily tasks asserted that the charitable endeavours and sloganeering were “all for show. “.
Employees criticised the show’s executive producers in general, but claimed Ellen wasn’t actively involved enough to oversee what was happening on front the show.
DeGeneres said in an interview given months after the initial accusations that the assaults “felt extremely unpleasant. “.
It made me feel bad. I have a pure heart. I like to make people happy, so I can see how some people, even some of my fans, might start to believe the claims made about my personal behaviour are valid,” she continued.