Entertainment TV Nigel Lythgoe Mourns the Death of Stephen 'tWitch' Boss: 'The Dance Community Will Be Reeling Today' The former So You Think You Can Dance judge shared that he was "heartbroken and devastated" by the loss of Stephen 'tWitch' Boss By Stephanie Wenger Stephanie Wenger Instagram Twitter Stephanie Wenger is a TV Writer/Reporter at PEOPLE. She joined the brand in 2021 as digital news writer, spanning across the site's verticals. She previously contributed to E! Online, HollywoodLife, Discover Los Angeles, Oscar.com and Hollywood.com. She appeared on air at AfterBuzz TV. She began her journalism career as an intern at Good Morning America and Access Hollywood. She graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor's in communications and received a Master's in journalism from the University of Southern California. People Editorial Guidelines Published on December 14, 2022 02:10 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Nigel Lythgoe is remembering Stephen "tWitch" Boss following his death on Tuesday. The former So You Think You Can Dance judge, 73, shared that he was "heartbroken and devastated" by the news of Boss' death. Boss competed on the dance competition show in 2008, ending season 4 as a runner-up and later returning as an All-Star. He was a judge when the show returned in 2022. "I'm at a loss to understand how someone as loved and as inspirational to so many people as Stephen was, can feel they are in such a dark place that they have no other choice but to end their life," he said in a statement. "With Twitch that is unimaginable to me. What were the demons that he kept to himself?" "He always had that broad smile and a joy of life. Everyone who met him loved him," he continued. "Did he really have no one to talk with that could help him to unload some of his issues? How sad, how very sad. Mental health is a real issue that is often hidden from us." Nigel Lythgoe and Stephen 'tWitch' Boss. Angela Weiss/Getty Stephen 'tWitch' Boss, Former Ellen DeGeneres Show DJ and SYTYCD All-Star, Dead at 40 Lythgoe continued, "The dance community will be reeling today but my deepest sympathy goes out to his wife, Allison and their children." He concluded his statement by noting the importance of looking after each other especially with the holidays approaching. For more on Stephen 'tWitch' Boss, listen below to our daily podcast PEOPLE Every Day. "It's important to recognize that mental health is a real problem and sometimes goes unnoticed in our loved ones," he shared. "As we go into this happy time of the year for so many of us we must recognize that stress and dark emotions appear to be heightened in others." Stephen 'tWitch' Boss and his wife Allison. Momodu Mansaray/Getty Stephen 'tWitch' Boss's Wife Allison Holker Speaks Out on His Legacy: He 'Lit Up Every Room He Stepped Into' Boss died by suicide at the age of 40. His wife, fellow So You Think You Can Dance star Allison Holker Boss, shared a statement with PEOPLE on the matter. "It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to share my husband Stephen has left us," Allison, 34, 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." "To say he left a legacy would be an understatement, and his positive impact will continue to be felt," she continued. "I am certain there won't be a day that goes by that we won't honor his memory. We ask for privacy during this difficult time for myself and especially for our three children." In concluding her post, Allison added a message for her husband: "Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I will always save the last dance for you." Getty In addition to Allison, Boss is survived by children Zaia, 3, Maddox, 6, and Weslie, 14. Allison Holker Called Stephen 'tWitch' Boss the 'Anchor' of Their Family: 'Very Blessed' Following a successful run on competition shows like SYTYCD, Boss landed a gig as a guest DJ on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2014. He later became a permanent fixture on the series and eventually was named a co-executive producer for the series. Offscreen, Boss frequently posted fun dance videos with wife Allison — who also competed on SYTYCD — on social media. Their kids would often join the pair in their dance video posts. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988, text "STRENGTH" to the Crisis Text Line at 741741 or go to 988lifeline.org.