It's a hard day for friends and family of Stephen "tWitch" Boss.
One of those friends, JoJo Siwa, who had known Boss for years and worked with him as a judge on the latest season of Fox's reality dance competition series So You Think You Can Dance, posted a tribute to her late friend after finding out that he passed away by suicide on Tuesday.
"My heart is beyond broken," she wrote on Instagram. "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."
On the most recent season ofSo You Think You Can Dance, Siwa and Boss were the two judges who were around for the entire season. Partially through, the third judge, Glee's Matthew Morrison, was replaced with Leah Remini.
While Siwa and Boss didn't always agree on the dances, they always seemed to be having a great time together.
"Someone I've looked up to since I was born turned one of my best friends. Twitch always had the best advice," Siwa continued. "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."
Siwa ended her post thanking him for sharing his gift with the world and with an inside joke the two had. "Forever the world's dance dad. Love you brother. RIP the legendary Stephen Twitch Boss," she closed.
Boss was also known as the DJ and co-host on Ellen DeGeneres' long-running afternoon talk show for the last eight years. He also appeared in movies like Stomp the Yard: Homecoming and Magic Mike XXL. He is survived by his wife Allison Holker and their three children.
If you or a friend are having suicidal thoughts, please know there is a well of support out there to help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255 can be reached 24 hours a day by people of all ages and identities. If you are a trans or gender-nonconforming person considering suicide, the Trans Lifeline can be reached at (877) 565-8860. The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ+ youth (ages 24 and younger). Trained counselors at the Trevor Project Lifeline can be reached 24/7 at (866) 488-7386, by texting START to 678678, or via the TrevorChat instant messaging service at TheTrevorProject.org/Help.
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