Ellen DeGeneres’ longtime DJ Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss had no argument with his wife before he left their home unannounced on Monday and killed himself, she reportedly told police.
Boss’ wife of nine years, Allison Holker, contacted Los Angeles police on Tuesday to report him missing, saying he had left without a word a day earlier and wasn’t returning her calls, TMZ reported, citing law enforcement sources.
Holker insisted there had been no fight or dispute that precipitated his departure, just three days after their wedding anniversary, and frantically described his lack of contact as extremely out of character.
Police accompanied Holker back to the family home for a brief search for any clues about his disappearance – but soon after a 911 call came in from a nearby motel, where a housekeeper had discovered Boss dead from a gunshot wound.
An LAPD spokesman declined to comment on the matter when reached by DailyMail.com Thursday.
Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss had no argument with his wife before he left their home unannounced on Monday and killed himself, she is said to have told police when reporting him missing
Boss, 40, and Holker, 34, shared three children: Zaia, 3, Maddox Laurel, 6, and Weslie Renae, 14, who was born in Alison’s previous relationship but adopted by Stephen.
The couple appeared to be happy and planning for the future when they were interviewed on the Jennifer Hudson Show in November, and even talking of plans to try for another baby.
‘I love the little babies, I love them. It’s a constant conversation,’ said Boss.
Allison excitedly told Hudson: ‘I think we would love to start trying for another one.’
On Wednesday, she 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 Encino.
DailyMail.com previously revealed that Boss checked into room 249 at the Oak Tree Inn in Encino at around 10.30am on Monday, and was found dead in the room’s bathroom the following day when he failed to check out.
‘He went into his room, and he never came out,’ the manager, Rakesh, said.
‘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.
DJ Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss died aged 40 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Los Angeles. He left home on Monday morning and was found dead the following day
Police accompanied Holker to the family home (above) for a brief search for any clues about his disappearance – but he was found dead at a nearby motel soon after
Boss is survived by his wife Allison, 34, and their children, Weslie, 14, Maddox, 6, and Zaia, 3
‘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.’
Rakesh, who asked to be identified only by his first name, said no guests or staff heard the gunshot.
‘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,’ he said.
Boss had called ahead at around 9.20am on Monday to check if rooms were available, then walked the few blocks from his home. Rakesh said he seemed ‘completely normal’ and ‘calm’.
The couple discussed having another child, and seemed to be planning for their future
Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss, 40, a longtime executive producer of Ellen’s show, checked into room 249 at the Oak Tree Inn on Monday before being found dead 24 hours later
A manager told DailyMail.com that the bathroom was ‘covered in blood’ after the shooting
‘When we knocked on the door there was no response,’ Rakesh said. ‘The maid opened the door and there was his stuff still in the room.’
Another member of staff confirmed Boss shot himself in the head, with the manager adding that he did it in the bathroom.
They said he used his own name to check into the motel on Monday and was not discovered until Tuesday morning.
Jennifer Lopez, Questlove and Michelle Obama were among the famous names remembering Boss, a beloved dancer and DJ.
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.’
Sharing a post on her Instagram page, Lopez wrote: ‘Twitch was such a light and a beautiful soul. Shocked and deeply saddened.
‘My heart breaks for @sir_twitch_alot, his wife and children. Sending you love and strength.’
Tribute: Jennifer, 53, who starred alongside the DJ when he was a guest judge on World of Dance, shared some snaps with him alongside Ne-Yo and Derek Hough
Tragic loss: Jada Pinkett Smith led the celebrity tributes to Ellen’s DJ ‘tWitch’, following his death aged 40 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Justin Timberlake reflected that ‘you just never know what someone is really going through’ in his own online tribute.
‘It’s heartbreaking to hear that someone who brought so much joy to a room, was hurting so much behind closed doors,’ he wrote.
‘I’ve known Twitch for over 20 years through the dance community – he always lit everything up. You just never know what someone is really going through.
He added: ‘Take care of yourselves. LOVE that human in the mirror. Check on your people.
‘Sending light to his beautiful family in this dark, confusing time. You will be missed, Sir. Rest Easy.’
Oscar-winning musician Questlove wrote: ‘Rest in Melody Twitch’.
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