Former daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has reacted to the death of Stephen “tWitch” Boss, who became famous as the DJ on her show. Boss took his own life on Tuesday at the age of 40.

Shortly after news of Boss’ death went viral on social media, DeGeneres took to Twitter to issue the following statement, along with a picture from her show set where she was hugging him. 

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“I’m heartbroken. tWitch was pure love and light. He was my family, and I loved him with all my heart. I will miss him. Please send your love and support to Allison and his beautiful children – Weslie, Maddox, and Zaia,” she said in the statement.

Back in 2014, Boss began deejaying on the Ellen show and was a part of the show until its end in 2022. In 2002, DeGeneres, 64, made him an executive producer on the show.

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The Los Angeles Police Department was alerted to Boss missing when his wife, Allison Holker, frantically burst into the police station on Tuesday and reported that tWitch, had left home without his car, which was unlike him. Shortly after, the police responded to calls of a shooting at a hotel room and found Boss’ body with what looked like a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Holker told People magazine, “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. Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I will always save the last dance for you.”