Ellen DeGeneres is still struggling to understand the tragic death of longtime friend and colleague Stephen “tWitch” Boss and wants fans to know they are not alone in their “hurt”.
“Hi everyone, I just wanted to say that the past 11 days have been very tough for everyone,” the former talk show host said in a tearful Instagram video posted Friday.
“Everyone is in pain and trying to understand – we will never understand.”
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The 64-year-old comedian continued: “And the holidays are hard anyway I guess, but I think the best thing we can do to honor Twitch is to laugh, hug and play games, dance and sing. That’s how we honor him…we do the things he loved to do.”
DeGeneres – acknowledging that it seems “impossible” to put on a happy face right now – encouraged viewers to check in and say “each other we love them”.
“I know it’s not a happy holiday but he was pure light, as everyone said in the comments, if you knew him you knew, if you didn’t know you saw it,” she concluded.
Boss was found dead in a Los Angeles motel room on December 13 at the age of 40. His official cause of death was later declared suicide by gunshot to the head.
Although motel staff said the celebrity dancer didn’t seem “visibly upset” when he checked into the establishment the day before his death, law enforcement told TMZ he left a suicide note that hinted at past struggles he was still dealing with.
Following the news of the Ellen DeGeneres Show Following the passing of DJ, who has left the world stunned, the “heartbroken” comedian took to Instagram to mourn the loss of her old friend.
“tWitch was pure love and light,” DeGeneres captioned a photo of the couple embracing. “He was my family and I loved him with all my heart. I will miss him.”
Boss — who began deejaying on DeGeneres’ now-canceled talk show in 2014 — is survived by wife Allison Holker, with whom he shared three children: Weslie, 14, Maddox, 6, and Zaia, 3.
This article originally appeared in the New York Post and is reproduced here with permission