The Los Angeles County coroner’s office has completed its autopsy on Stephen “tWitch” Boss, a professional dancer and former DJ on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Boss, 40, was found dead at a motel in Encino, California on Tuesday, Dec. 13.
The coroner’s report, which was updated on the department’s website Wednesday evening, listed his manner of death as suicide. The report said the cause of death was a “gunshot wound to the head” and the case has been closed.
Entertainment Tonight reported Boss checked into the Oak Tree Inn, about a mile from his home, on Monday.
When he didn’t check out the next morning, housekeeping alerted a manager who “repeatedly” knocked on the door of the room. After entering the room, the manager discovered a body on the floor.
Los Angeles police were notified and responded to the motel. Investigators determined that the individual inside the room died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and the case was handed over to the coroner’s office.
Boss joined The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2014, and was promoted to co-executive producer of the daytime talk show six years later.
After learning about his death, host Ellen DeGeneres posted a tribute to her former colleague on Twitter.
“I’m heartbroken. tWitch was pure love and light. He was my family, and I loved him with all my heart,” she tweeted. “I will miss him. Please send your love and support to Allison and his beautiful children – Weslie, Maddox, and Zaia.”
Before joining Ellen, tWitch competed on So You Think You Can Dance and was the runner-up in 2008. He was announced as a permanent judge for the 17th season of the dance competition series earlier this year.
Boss also had roles in the films Magic Mike XXL (2015), Step Up All In (2014), Step Up Revolution (2012) and Step Up 3D (2010).
He is survived by his wife, Allison Holker, and their three children, Weslie, 14, Maddox, 6, Zaia, 3.
In a statement Wednesday, Holker said: “Stephen lit up every room he stepped into. 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.”
If you or a loved one is feeling distressed, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Or text HOME to 741-741 (Crisis Text Line).