Ellen DeGeneres urges her fans to “honor” the late Stephen “Twitch” Boss this holiday season, following his passing at the age of 40.
On Friday, DeGeneres, 64, shared a tearful video to Instagram in which she said the “last eleven days have been really hard for everyone” in the wake of the Boss’ death.
“Everyone is hurting and trying to make sense of it, and we’ll never understand,” the comedian spoke on the front camera. “The holidays are hard, I guess, anyway, but to honor the witch I think the best thing we can do is laugh, hug each other, play games and dance and sing. That’s how we honor him. Do we do the things he likes to do, which is dance.”
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“He loved music, he loved games, so we do it,” DeGeneres continued in the video. “And I know it sounds hard, it seems impossible, but this is how we honor him.”
The comedian implored her followers to “cuddle up and tell each other we love each other and tell people we’re there for them and check people out.”
“So, happy holidays everyone,” DeGeneres said, before acknowledging. “It’s not a happy holiday, but…”
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“[Boss] It was totally light, as everyone said in the comments,” she added at the end of the video. If you know him, then you know that. If you didn’t know him, you saw it. Let us honor him, think of him, and send love to each other.”
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DeGeneres, who left a single red heart emoji in the caption on her Instagram post on Friday, shared videos of her favorite moments with the late star on The Ellen DeGeneres Showsince his death.
One video, posted Dec. 15, involved the president teaching DeGeneres a dance and becoming the show’s DJ.
“When he’s not here it’s different… He’s my friend, he’s my soulmate, because we have this connection,” she said in the video. “Just looking at him makes me laugh. He really, really makes me laugh.”
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She continued, “I love you witch and you know that so much. We tell each other that every day when we say goodbye after a show, we both say I love you.” “He says I love you so much and I say I love you. And so he will never walk out of my life. He is always a part of my life.”
The clip concluded with DeGeneres giving a photo of the pair with their arms wrapped around each other. He then said emotionally to the host, “I love you and I also love the family we’ve gained here. The thing I will always remember is that you gave me a place to just be me.”
Boss died on December 14th by suicide. He is survived by his wife, Allison Holker-Boss, 34, as well as children Zaya, 3, Maddox, 6, and Wesley, 14.
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please contact 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by calling 988, text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text line at 741741 or go to 988lifeline.org.
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