Dwayne Johnson leads tributes after Stephen 'tWitch' Boss dies at 40

A string of stars have shared their fondest memories of Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss after he died, aged 40.

The late star’s death was confirmed by his wife, Allison Holker, in a devastating statement.

Following the news, Ellen DeGeneres offered her condolences and remembered the time they shared together on her talk show, which he was a beloved part of.

Dwayne Johnson, Kerry Washington, JoJo Siwa and Jennifer Hudson have also paid tribute on social media.

‘Man I am so sorry to hear the heartbreaking news about Twitch. Great guy,’ Johnson tweeted. ‘Sending his family all the love, light, strength and mana.

‘I’ve lost a lot of friends to the struggle. You never know what’s happening between the ears. So sorry Boss family. Stay strong. #stephenboss.’

Hudson shared a photo of tWitch on her Instagram page, with the message: ‘We need to pray! My God! U never know what someone is going through. This breaks my heart [sic].’

Taking to Twitter, Washington agreed: ‘The world lost a bright light today. Twitch brought joy and love to people all over the world through music and through dance.

‘My heart is heavy today for his family and all of those who knew and loved him.

Questlove paid his respects in a lengthy Instagram upload, which read: ‘I have no words man. May his family find resolution in this dark time.

‘May we all find peace of mind in our everyday lives. Everyday is a winding road & you just may never know who is on the edge. A lot of us can’t process emotions & how to deal with it.

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Jada Pinkett Smith, who worked with Boss on Magic Mike XXL in 2015, followed suit with a sweet snap.

‘I woke up this morning to the news that tWitch is gone,’ she began. ‘My heart aches for his wife Allison and their children Weslie, Maddox and Zaia. My condolences to all his loved ones that he has left behind.

‘We had a lot of good times on the set of Magic Mike. He was so sweet, kind and generous. So many people suffer in silence. I wish he could have known that he didn’t have to.

‘May his beautiful, shining soul rest in the arms of the Great Supreme and may that same Higher Power heal the shattered hearts of his loved ones.’

‘My sympathy to his loved ones. I wish you and him peace. #RIPTwitch.’

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As Siwa added: ‘My heart is beyond broken. tWitch was a best friend and a mentor not just to me but to SO many. 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. Twitch always had the best advice. We had SO many laughs, smiles, and even cries together. I know you’re in a better place now but man we are all gonna miss the hell outta you.

‘Sending my most love and prayers to His beautiful wife and 3 perfect kids.

‘Thank you for sharing your gift with the world. I’m “so esssicted” to see you again one day (A inside joke between us that I will never let go of). Forever the worlds dance dad. Love you brother. RIP the legendary Stephen Twitch Boss [sic].’

Boss came to fame in 2008, competing in So You Think You Can Dance – where he eventually ended as a runner-up.

He went on to become a judge on the talent show in 2022, and also starred in Step Up and Magic Mike XXL.

As well as this, he enjoyed a long-running stint on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, starting in 2014 before being named executive producer in 2020.

Boss is survived by his wife, and children Weslie, Maddox, and Zaia.

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