Ellen DeGeneres fought back tears in a video she shared Friday honoring her late friend Stephen “tWitch” Boss.
“Hey everybody. I just wanted to say the past 11 days have been really tough for everyone,” DeGeneres said in the video posted on Instagram.
Boss died by suicide at age 40 on Dec. 13.
“Everyone is in pain and trying to make sense of it,” DeGeneres continued. “We’ll never make sense of it. And the holidays are hard, I think, anyway. But to honor tWitch, I think the best thing that we can do is to laugh and hug each other and play games and dance and sing.”
The comedian and television host went on to urge fans to “do the things that he loved to do, which is dancing. He loved music.”
“I know it seems hard. It seems impossible. But that’s how we honor him and hug each other and tell each other we love each other and let people know we’re there for them and check in on people,” she added. “So happy holidays, everybody. And I know it’s not a happy holiday, but he was pure light. As everybody in the comments said, if you knew him, you knew that. If you didn’t know him, you saw it. Let’s honor him. And think about him to one another.”
Boss, a beloved former DJ and co-executive producer on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, was also a judge on season 17 of So You Think You Can Dance.
He is survived by his wife, Allison Holker, and their three children, Weslie, 14, Maddox, 6, Zaia, 3.
If you or a loved one is feeling distressed, you can call or text 988 to reach the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. The Lifeline is available 24/7 and provides confidential support to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.