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DJ tWitch death: Stephen Boss’ final words to his grandfather revealed

Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss’ heartbroken grandfather said that there were ‘no signs’ that the dancer was troubled in the weeks before his death.

The 40- year-old was found dead in a room at the Oak Tree Motel in LA – a 15-minute walk from his LA home – at about 11:15 am Tuesday.

He messaged his grandfather before his death saying ‘I love you Dad-Dad’ as well as posting a birthday message to him on social media four days before his death.

Eddy Boss, 84, told DailyMail.com exclusively that there were no signs of stress in the weeks or months leading up to his death.

Speaking about the former Ellen Show producer he said: ‘We spoke as recently as Saturday on more than one occasion. 

‘He was the same happy-go-lucky person that he’s always been. We had no indication that anything was out of the ordinary.

Stephen ‘twitch’ Boss messaged his grandfather before his death saying ‘I love you Dad-Dad’ as well as posting a birthday message to him on social media four days before his death 

His mother Connie Boss Alexander also rushed to be by her daughter-in-laws side in Enrico, California, after her son shot himself

His mother Connie Boss Alexander also rushed to be by her daughter-in-laws side in Enrico, California, after her son shot himself 

Eddy, who travelled from Arizona to be with the family, is urging others to look out for warning signs in their loved ones

Eddy, who travelled from Arizona to be with the family, is urging others to look out for warning signs in their loved ones

‘He was a very humble, generous person. He brought light into everybody’s lives. We’re completely devastated right now.

‘All I can say is he was a beautiful person that contributed so much to this world and to everyone he met in a positive way. We miss him dearly and we’re hurting tremendously.’

Eddy, who travelled from Arizona to be with the family, is urging others to look out for warning signs in their loved ones. 

He added: ‘Every word has meaning. His last words to me were a simple text that says “I love you Dad-Dad.” Our question is why? Where did it come from?’

Eddy said he was still ‘not sure’ that his grandson’s death was a suicide, though LAPD confirmed it was a ‘self-inflicted gunshot wound’ that killed him.

A police spokesman said the case has been passed to the LA County Coroner’s Office.

Boss had celebrated his wedding anniversary with wife Allison Holker, 34, three days before shooting himself in the head.

Eddy Boss, 84, told DailyMail.com that there were no signs of stress in the weeks or months leading up to his death

Eddy Boss, 84, told DailyMail.com that there were no signs of stress in the weeks or months leading up to his death

Boss' brother came to the family home with flowers for his sibling's wife after hearing the news of his death

Boss’ brother came to the family home with flowers for his sibling’s wife after hearing the news of his death 

DJ Stephen 'tWitch' Boss died aged 40 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Los Angeles on Tuesday

DJ Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss died aged 40 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Los Angeles on Tuesday

In an interview last month the dancer told the Jennifer Hudson show that he and his wife were considering adding to their family – adding: ‘I love the little babies, I love them. It’s a constant conversation.’

His wife paid tribute to him in a heartfelt statement – saying she would ‘save the last dance’ for him – before welcoming tearful family members to their home in Enrico, California on Wednesday.

The couple appeared happy and planning for the future while appearing on the show in November – celebrating their ninth wedding anniversary three days before his death. 

Boss and his wife posted a heartfelt video of them dancing online to mark the occasion. 

The So You Think You Can Dance star, who met his dance teacher wife Alison, 34, on the show in 2010, was father to three kids, Zaia, 3, Maddox Laurel, 6, and Weslie Renae, 14, who was born in Alison’s previous relationship but adopted by Stephen.

Boss brother brought flowers to the home

He then comforted another member of the family

Family members consoled each other as they arrived at the luxury property, which is just a 15 minute walk from where Boss shot himself 

Boss is survived by his wife Allison, 34, and their three children, Weslie, 14, Maddox, 6, and Zaia, 3

Boss is survived by his wife Allison, 34, and their three children, Weslie, 14, Maddox, 6, and Zaia, 3

The couple discussed having a fourth child on the show, and seemed to be planning for their future 

The suicide has cast a dark cloud over the bright future of daughter Weslie, who is set to study at Notre Dame University with the class of 2026 according to a sign on the family’s front lawn.

She also plays for her school’s soccer team, models sportswear and is a young influencer for brands including Dick’s Sporting Goods, managed by her parents.

Ellen DeGeneres has paid tribute to him as her ‘family’ and  ‘pure love and light’ – adding that she was heartbroken. 

The star said: ‘I will miss him. Please send your love and support to Allison and his beautiful children – Weslie, Maddox, and Zaia.’

Motel staff told DailyMail.com that a maid discovered the DJ’s body while performing a welfare check after he failed to check out on time.

They said he used his own name to check into the motel on Monday and was not discovered until Tuesday morning. 

Workers said he ‘shot himself in the head’ but no one heard the gunshot, describing the scene as ‘pretty bad’.

He left home on Monday without his car and when he didn’t return by Tuesday – disappearing overnight –  his wife frantically ran to file a report.

Boss and his wife had been planning to have a fourth child, discussing their future on the Jennifer Hudson Show in November. The couple  celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary just three days before the tragedy

In an interview last month the dancer told the Jennifer Hudson show that he and his wife were considering adding to their family – adding: ‘I love the little babies, I love them. It’s a constant conversation’

Manager of the Oak Tree Inn, Rakesh, said: ‘He went into his room, and he never came out. At 11.15am on Tuesday the maid opened the door to check on the room.

‘There was his stuff in there but no one there. She checked the bathroom, and there was blood everywhere.

‘She was very scared. This is the first time anything like that has happened here. We called 911, they told us to check his pulse but there was nothing.

‘The paramedics and the police came, and they said he was dead. Maybe he did it during the day on Monday. It’s a busy, loud road outside here, it’s possible nobody heard it because of that.’

Boss called ahead at around 9.20am on Monday to check if rooms were available, then walked the few blocks from his home – and appeared ‘completely normal’ and ‘calm’.

Boss and Allison, a professional dancer, married in 2013, hosting ‘Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings’ together on Disney +.

Ellen posted a heartfelt tribute to the DJ, calling him 'family' and saying she was 'heartbroken' by the incident

Ellen posted a heartfelt tribute to the DJ, calling him ‘family’ and saying she was ‘heartbroken’ by the incident 

Boss shot himself in the head, according to workers at the Oak Tree Inn, pictured, which is just a 15-minute walk from his home

Boss shot himself in the head, according to workers at the Oak Tree Inn, pictured, which is just a 15-minute walk from his home

Workers told DailyMail.com that a maid discovered his body after performing a welfare check when he failed to leave the room on time

Workers told DailyMail.com that a maid discovered his body after performing a welfare check when he failed to leave the room on time

He left home on Monday without his car and when he didn't return by Tuesday his wife frantically ran into a local LAPD station to file a report

He left home on Monday without his car and when he didn’t return by Tuesday his wife frantically ran into a local LAPD station to file a report

He worked on Ellen’s show from 2014 until it ended in 2022 and was made an executive producer in 2020.

The couple share three kids together – Weslie, 14, Maddox, 6, and Zaia, 3.

Allison said in a statement to People: ‘It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to share my husband Stephen has left us.

‘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.

‘To say he left a legacy would be an understatement, and his positive impact will continue to be felt.

‘I am certain there won’t be a day that goes by that we won’t honor his memory. We ask for privacy during this difficult time for myself and especially for our three children.’

The couple celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary just three days before the tragedy, with Allison and Stephen both posting a heartfelt post online

The couple celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary just three days before the tragedy, with Allison and Stephen both posting a heartfelt post online

Twitch posted a video with his wife Allison Holker just two days before his death, with the couple dancing in front of a Christmas tree

Twitch posted a video with his wife Allison Holker just two days before his death, with the couple dancing in front of a Christmas tree 

Boss left the house on foot before being found dead in a LA hotel after his wife raised the alarm

Boss left the house on foot before being found dead in a LA hotel after his wife raised the alarm 

‘Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I will always save the last dance for you.’

His death comes months after Ellen paid tribute to her ex-partner Anne Heche who died after crashing her car into a LA home with cocaine in her system – becoming trapped in the fiery blaze for 45 minutes before passing away in hospital. 

An LAPD spokesman confirmed to DailyMail.com that the incident was being handled by the LA County Coroner’s office as there were no signs of ‘foul play’. 

Paying tribute to her husband, Allison said in a statement to People: ‘It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to share my husband Stephen has left us.

‘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.

Tributes have flooded in for the professional dancer after the news of his untimely death was confirmed by his wife

Tributes have flooded in for the professional dancer after the news of his untimely death was confirmed by his wife

He competed on dance show 'So You Think You Can Dance' in 2008 where he came runner-up, later returning as an All-Star and returned as a judge in 2022

He competed on dance show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ in 2008 where he came runner-up, later returning as an All-Star and returned as a judge in 2022

His wife Allison said that she would always 'save the last dance' for her husband in a statement after his death

His wife Allison said that she would always ‘save the last dance’ for her husband in a statement after his death 

‘To say he left a legacy would be an understatement, and his positive impact will continue to be felt.

‘I am certain there won’t be a day that goes by that we won’t honor his memory. We ask for privacy during this difficult time for myself and especially for our three children.’

‘Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I will always save the last dance for you.’

Seen for the last time in September publicly, Boss admitted to missing the Ellen show – which he said ‘made it’s mark on history’ 

He added:   ‘Life has been great man. We’ve been having, honestly, a lot more time at home, kids are back at school, life is beautiful man.

‘There will be nothing like that show ever again. It definitley made its mark on history and it was one of the greatest places to be in the afternoon.’

The couple also posted a video on their YouTube channel, appearing happy, for a beginners dance cardio workout two days before his death.  

Boss started as a DJ on the show after breaking into showbiz on MTV’s The Wade Robson Project before becoming a runner-up on Star Search.

Ellen has yet to comment on the death of her friend, but the two were close after working on the show together for almost a decade

Ellen has yet to comment on the death of her friend, but the two were close after working on the show together for almost a decade

He later competed on dance show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ in 2008 where he came runner-up, later returning as an All-Star and returned as a judge in 2022. 

The keen dancer posted a video of himself and his wife dancing in front of their Christmas tree just two days prior to his death. 

Ex-executive producer of the Ellen shows Andy Lassner paid tribute to Boss, saying ‘Rest, my friend’ along with a picture of the two of them and DeGeneres. 

The Ellen show was canceled earlier this year amid claims of bullying and a ‘toxic workplace’ with the final episode airing on May 26.

Boss spoke about the criticism of the work culture at the Ellen Show, defending her until the very end of the show.

He told US Weekly: ‘We can’t speak too much legally about it, but I’ll say this, there’s been love.

‘Obviously there’s some things to address, but from my standpoint and from countless others, there’s been love.

‘I’ll just leave it at that until there’s a time where we can address more publicly. There’s been love and there will continue to be love.’

Boss started as a DJ on the show after breaking into showbiz on MTV's The Wade Robson Project before becoming a runner-up on Star Search

Boss started as a DJ on the show after breaking into showbiz on MTV’s The Wade Robson Project before becoming a runner-up on Star Search

In 2020, at least ten former and then-current employees of the Ellen Show claimed they had faced bullying and racism behind the scenes at the long-running talk show.

The show, which ran from 2003 to 2022, built a brand around the compassionate slogan ‘Be Kind,’ often touted by the show’s namesake.

Staffers who had first-hand knowledge of the day-to-day goings on of production, however, said the charitable endeavors and sloganeering were ‘all for show.’

Employees leveled much of the blame against the show’s executive producers, but claimed Ellen herself had not been involved enough to see what was happening on her own show.

Months after the first claims surfaced, DeGeneres gave an interview, in which she said the attacks on her ‘did feel very misogynistic.’

‘It was devastating. I am a kind person. I am a person who likes to make people happy,’ she said, adding that she understood how people – even fans of hers – might come to believe that the allegations about her personal behavior were true.

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