Saying goodbye. Stephen “tWitch” Boss was honored by loved ones throughout an emotional memorial service on Saturday, February 11.
Over 500 family and friends members gathered to honor the late dancer at a Celebration of Life service in Los Angeles, a number of retailers report. Spouse Allison Holker and her daughter Weslie, 14, spoke on the occasion.
“He was the sunshine. He selected love, grace and kindness. And he deserves to be celebrated,” Holker mentioned through People.
Mickey Guyton and Andy Grammer carried out songs on the memorial service whereas Bdash (actual title James Derrick), Slavik Pustovoytov and Ceasare “Tighteyex” Willis honored Boss with dance tributes.
The household pastor, Joe Smith, hosted the Celebration of Life, Entertainment Tonight reviews. Friends included Ellen DeGeneres, Wayne Brady, Loni Love, Jeff Thacker, Derek Hough, AJ McLean, Robin Antin and plenty of members of each the So You Suppose You Can Dance and the Ellen DeGeneres Present casts and crews.
Whereas paying tribute to the choreographer, Holker and her household revealed that they began the Transfer with Kindness Basis, which “goals to hold on the legacy of Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss by spreading love and psychological well being consciousness,” per ET.
Us Weekly confirmed Boss died by reported suicide at age 40 on December 13. Holker broke her silence shortly after the news of the dancer’s passing made headlines.
“It’s with the heaviest of hearts that I’ve to share my husband Stephen has left us,” the Dancing With the Stars alum, 34, advised Folks. “Stephen lit up each room he stepped into. He valued household, buddies and neighborhood above all else and main with love and lightweight was all the things to him. He was the spine of our household, the perfect husband and father, and an inspiration to his followers.”
Holker, who raised three kids with her late husband, mirrored on the legacy he left behind. “His optimistic affect will proceed to be felt. I’m sure there received’t be a day that goes by that we received’t honor his reminiscence,” she continued. “We ask for privateness throughout this tough time for myself and particularly for our three kids. Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I’ll at all times save the final dance for you.”
The couple tied the knot in 2013 after meeting on the season 7 set of So You Think You Can Dance three years prior. Boss and Holker expanded their household with son Maddox in 2016 and daughter Zaia in 2019. The Alabama native additionally adopted his spouse’s little one from a earlier relationship.
Forward of his demise, the pair reflected on the early days of their relationship. Throughout an interview on The Jennifer Hudson Present in November, Holker gushed concerning the “superb” second that they crossed paths, including, “After all I [made the first move].”
Boss, for his half, joked that he was “a little oblivious” to Holker’s romantic attempts at first. “She’s additionally extremely good and welcoming and stuff like that,” he shared. “So I’m not gonna be like, ‘Yeah, she’s feeling me.’ … Actually, she was feeling me throughout dance rehearsals, however I didn’t catch on. However I caught on to one thing.”
The actress famous that she wasn’t ruling out plans to have more kids. “I positive do [want more children]. I feel we’d love to begin making an attempt for an additional [baby],” she shared on the time.
In response, Boss identified that the key milestone would require personal discussions, saying, “Hear. … I really like lil infants. I really like them. It’s a relentless dialog.”
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