Yesterday, the entertainment industry was rocked by news of the death of Stephen “tWitch” Boss. He was Ellen Degeneres’ sidekick on the popular “Ellen” show.

The 40-year-old appears to have died by suicide and was a daily fixture on many of our television sets until the show signed off the air earlier this year.

In a statement, Ellen had this to say: “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.”

Warner Brothers Television Group also released this video tribute to honor his contributions to the Ellen show.

Born in Montgomery, Alabama, Boss earned his nickname as a child when he couldn’t sit still.

Becoming a runner up on “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2008 marked the beginning of his rise to fame and he would later return to serve as a judge for the dance competition.

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