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Social media was flooded Wednesday with tributes to Stephen “tWitch” Boss as everyone from Viola Davis and Channing Tatum to Michelle Obama spoke lovingly of the dancer, actor and DJ. They were simply returning a bit of the kindness and love Boss poured into the world.

Boss, who rose from being a dancer and actor to a mainstay of daytime television as the DJ and co-executive producer for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” died by suicide Tuesday at the age of 40.

His tragic death has stirred public shock, expressions of grief and confusion about how it was possible given the joy Boss seemed to exude in his work.

The man who first found fame on “So You Think You Can Dance” and went on to star in projects like Disney+’s recent “The Hip Hop Nutcracker,” often shared videos of himself dancing with his wife, fellow professional dancer Allison Holker Boss, and happy times with their three children.

Those who knew him personally confirmed that Boss was as good a person privately as he appeared to be publicly.

“It’s heartbreaking to hear that someone who brought so much joy to a room, was hurting so much behind closed doors,” Justin Timberlake wrote in a tribute on Instagram. “I’ve known [Boss] for over 20 years through the dance community – he always lit everything and everyone up. You just never know what someone is going through.”


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