Tyler Perry recalls his own suicide attempts after Stephen ‘tWitch ‘Boss’ death
Tyler Perry reflects on the “dark” times in his life that led him to attempt suicide in an emotional tribute to Stephen “tWitch” Boss – who took his own life at the age of 40.
The 52-year-old actor took to Instagram on Thursday to share his own experiences in an effort to uplift everyone else who is “going through tough times” or “struggling.”
Perry said, “I am, like the rest of the world, devastated by the death of Stephen Boss, the Witch.”
He added that while he had met the dancer “a few times”, he always seemed “such a light”.
“With this, I just want to take you back to a time in my life when I attempted suicide, multiple times, because it was so dark and I didn’t think it was going to get better. I endured so much pain, so much abuse, so much sexual abuse, and it was so hard to move forward that I thought the only way to improve this was to end my life.”
He continued, “If any of those attempts had happened, I would have missed out on the best part of my life.”
The Madea rep continued to urge people to “reach out to someone” and “ask for help” even during times when he feels there is “no hope.”
He followed up the video by saying it was “the happiest I’ve ever been” before once again urging people to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
“Life is full of joy and love, things I never thought I’d reach. I’m telling you that, if you’re someone who’s contemplating suicide, about ending your life, you’ve already been through a hell of a lot, please, please, please, think about what that could be.” It’s the other side. It can be amazing. And you’ll miss the best part of it going through the dark. Don’t let the dark stop you from getting to this wonderful place of life.”
On Tuesday morning, Boss was found shot in the head in the bathroom of his hotel room in Encino, California.
Staff at the Oak Tree Inn told TMZ that DJ Ellen DeGeneres “visibly” didn’t seem upset when he arrived Monday night with only a small overnight bag.
Boss’s wife, Allison Holker – who reported her husband missing Monday – confirmed his tragic death.
Holker began her statement to People, “It is with the heaviest of hearts that I must share my husband Stephen leaving us.” Stephen lit up every room he entered. 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,” she continued, adding that she would “always save the last dance” for him.
Holker is survived by the actor and their three children — Wesley, 14, Maddox, 6, and Zaya, 3.
If you or someone you know has been affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call or text Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988.
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