Trigger Warning: This article contains descriptions of suicide.
Stephen Boss, also known as tWitch -- the DJ for Ellen DeGeneres' now-defunct program, committed suicide, according to a preliminary autopsy report. He was 40.
The shocking death of Stephen Boss sparked new conversations about mental health and how a man who appeared perfectly healthy and even happy a week ago could decide to take his own life.
Some have begun to speculate whether the cancellation of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which was his regular gig, affected his mental health. However, these are rumors with baseless grounds.
Ellen DeGeneres, the show's host, has already released a statement expressing her deepest sorrow over the news. The wife of Portia de Rossi tweeted that she was "devastated" and referred to Stephen Boss as her "family" and "pure love and light."
No one can confirm whether or not the cancellation of The Ellen DeGeneres Show affected his mental health. It is also worth noting that, in a previous interview, Stephen Boss discussed the cancellation of the show, demonstrating that he is not that upset. In fact, he was motivated by Ellen DeGeneres' choice.
"I was really proud of her, actually. Because I know that she's been at it for 18-plus years now. And it's not easy. We've employed thousands and thousands and thousands of people, changed a lot of lives, but that's something to do that same thing every single day. And I'm proud of her that she's kind of put an earmark on the closing of a saga to begin her next chapter. Because that's huge and monumental in itself."
To recall, the bereaved wife was the one who broke the news. Allison Holker, 34, told People magazine that she had to reveal her husband Stephen's departure with a heavy heart.
Stephen Boss reportedly brought light into every room he entered. He placed family, friends, and community above all else, and leading with love and the light was of the utmost importance to him.
According to law enforcement sources who spoke with TMZ, Holker went to a Los Angeles Police Department station on Tuesday in a "frantic" state because her husband had left the house without his car, which was out of the ordinary. The police were subsequently notified of a gunshot at a hotel in the Los Angeles area.
The autopsy report indicates that Stephen Boss was found dead with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The Oak Tree Inn receptionist in Monrovia, California, confirmed to The Daily Beast that Boss had checked in on Monday morning, but declined further comment.
Stephen Boss posted frequently in his final days, including a video of him and Holker dancing to Alicia Keys' "December Back 2 June" on Instagram on Sunday, a birthday post for his grandfather, and wedding photos commemorating his anniversary on the weekend.
Regularly publishing photographs of Holker and their three children, Stephen Boss stated last week that his favorite aspect of the holiday season is the sense of togetherness.
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