Ellen DeGeneres is still struggling with the tragic death of longtime friend and colleague Stephen “tWitch” Boss, and she wants fans to know they’re not alone in their “pain.”
“Hi everyone, I just wanted to say that the past 11 days have been really hard for everyone,” the former talk show host said in a tearful Instagram video Friday. “Everyone is hurting and trying to understand it – we’ll never understand.”
The 64-year-old comedian continued, “And I think the holidays are hard, anyway, but I think the best thing we can do to honor the witch is laugh, hug each other and play games and dance and sing. That’s how we honor him…we do The things he likes to do.”
DeGeneres — who admitted it seems “impossible” to put on a happy face right now — encouraged viewers to check in and tell “each other we love them.”
She concluded, “I know it’s not a happy holiday, but he was just as light as everyone said in the comments, if you knew him, you knew that, if you didn’t you knew you saw him.”
Boss was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel room on December 13 at the age of 40. His official cause of death was later ruled suicide by a gunshot wound to the head.
Although hotel staff said the famous dancer did not appear “visibly upset” when he walked into the establishment the day before his death, law enforcement officials told TMZ that he left behind a suicide note indicating past struggles he was still dealing with.
After news of the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” DJ’s death left the entire world dumbfounded, the “heartbroken” comedian took to Instagram to express her grief over the loss of her longtime friend.
“The Witch was pure love and light,” DeGeneres captioned a photo of the pair cuddling. “He was my family, and I loved him with all my heart. I will miss him.”
She is survived by wife Allison Holker — who began deejaying on the now-cancelled DeGeneres talk show in 2014 — with whom he shares 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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