***Please note, this post mentions suicide.
Ellen DeGeneres has opened up about how she plans to honour the life of her late friend and colleague, Stephen “tWitch” Boss this holiday season and she’s urging his fans to do the same…
“I just wanted to say the past 11 days have been really tough for everyone,” she says in a video posted to Instagram, visibly teary.
“Everyone is in pain and trying to make sense of it and we’ll never make sense of it. And the holidays are hard, I think, anyway but to honour tWitch, I think the best thing we can do is to laugh and hug each other play games and dance and sing. That’s the way we honour him, is we do the things he loved to do.”
The 40-year-old DJ, So You Think You Can Dance Judge and self-described “Smile-Spreader” passed away on December 13. Authorities later confirmed he died by suicide.
“I know it seems hard, it seems impossible, but that’s how we honour him,” Ellen continues.
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“Hug each other. And tell each other we love each other. And let people know we’re there for them. And check in on people.”
Allison Holker Boss, tWitch’s wife and fellow dancer, announced the sad news of his passing in a statement to People, describing him as someone who “valued family, friends and community above all else” and who always lead his life “with love and light.”
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