Andy Lassner defends the outpouring of tributes to Steven “tWitch” Boss following his death on Tuesday, December 13.
“So many people are posting pictures of themselves on social media with Twitch,” the first The Ellen DeGeneres Show The 55-year-old producer shared via Instagram on Friday, December 16. “Talking about close friends with him. Speaking of the texts they had exchanged with him just last week. Talking about the conversation I had with him. The thing is, it’s all true. It’s all real.”
Lasner continued. “Those who knew him are not trying to make this tragedy about themselves. They’re just trying to convey to you who Twitch was.”
The Colombian citizen worked with Boss The Ellen DeGeneres Showwhere the late dancer first appeared as a guest DJ in 2013. He stepped in as an in-house DJ the following year and was named executive producer in 2020, often filling in for Ellen DeGeneres as a guest presenter.
“He made it all about you,” Lasner continued during his tribute on Friday. “He made you feel like the most important person in the world. And he did it for everyone. Not just the people he needed, or who were “important”. He did it for everyone. It doesn’t sound real. But that. all of them.”
He explained that Boss was “everyone’s friend” until his death. “He really cared about everyone who worked on the show and everyone in his life. And the thing is, if you meet her just once, you’ve felt that feeling. That light. That’s why I think you and I are sorry. Because we all counted on him. He was our flame. Our joy. Our dancer,” Lasner said.
Boss died Tuesday at the Oak Tree Inn in Los Angeles. His body was discovered by the employees, who immediately called the police. According to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner, “there were no signs of foul play” and the case is officially closed. Us Weekly confirmed on Wednesday, December 14.
“There was a heavy burden that none of us understood that he was carrying,” Lasner concluded. “He must have been so tired. But we didn’t know because he never wanted it to be about him. Ever? So now we can either spend all our time wondering why and how and never being satisfied with the answers we imagine. Or we can focus on being grateful for the gift he has given us by allowing us to take light from his flame. The point is that the light is still burning in us. All. Let’s try to share that light with the people we love. That’s really all we can do. And that’s enough. That’s more than enough.”
Lassner’s post was supported by famous friends including Jennifer Garner, Jennifer Aniston and Mario Lopez, who all commented with heart emojis.
Lonnie Love added: “What’s important to me is that we protect his legacy, protect his family and honor his memory. He misses. 💔”.
Boss is survived by his wife Alison Holker, whom he married in December 2013. They have three children: Maddox, 6, Zaya, 3, and Wesley, 14, Holker’s daughter from a previous relationship, whom Boss adopted.
Holker, 34, confirmed her husband’s death in a statement to NBC News on Wednesday.
“It is with a heavy heart that I have to share that my husband Steven has left us. Steven lit up every room he walked into,” Holker said. “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.”
He added: “To say he left a legacy would be an understatement and his positive impact will continue to be felt. I’m sure there won’t be a day that we don’t honor his memory. We ask for privacy for myself and especially our three children at this difficult time.”
Holker concluded with a message to his late spouse. “Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I’ll always save the last dance for you.”
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