Stephen “tWitch” Boss, the dancer and television personality has died by suicide at the age of 40. Reports suggest that Boss shot himself in the head with a gun. His reason behind choosing to take his own life has not been revealed yet. 

Boss was a judge on the show So You Think You Can Dance on Fox, and had worked closely with dancers Mary Murphy and Jojo Siwa. They were both heartbroken after news of Boss’ death surfaced.

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Siwa wrote on Instagram, “twitch was a best friend and a mentor not just to me but to SO many”, further adding, “I’ll never forget our time getting to work together on SYTYCD, he became such a light in my life. Someone I’ve looked up to since I was born turned one of my best friends.”

Murphy, who gave a written statement to CNN, said that since hearing the news, her “soul is crying and aches on a cellular level.” She added, “I was a proud mama bear over Twitch. He was hungry, eager, and willing to do the work that would lift him in spirit and means”.

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Matthew Morrison, who was also a judge on the dance show, said on Instagram, “Twitch was someone I’ve looked up to for years, and I was a little star struck when I first met him”. He went on to say,  “But we connected so deeply in such a short time about so many things, but mostly fatherhood. The love for his family ran so deep and he was so proud of his tribe.”

Leah Remini, another SYTYCD judge, said, “[Boss was] the guy who played and interacted with his fans in the audience during commercial breaks, and he encouraged all the contestants when the cameras weren’t rolling.”