‘Ellen’ Producer Andy Defends tWitch’s Friends’ Tributes

‘Ellen’ Producer Andy Lassner Defends tWitch's Friends' Tributes: They 'Are Not Trying to Make This Tragedy About Themselves'

Andy Lassner and Stephen “tWitch” Boss.
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Andy Lassner is defending the flood of tributes to Stephen “tWitch” Boss after his dying on Tuesday, December 13.

“So many individuals on social media are posting footage of themselves with Twitch,” the previous Ellen DeGeneres Present producer, 55, shared through Instagram on Friday, December 16. “Speaking about their shut friendships with him. Speaking in regards to the texts they exchanged with him simply final week. Speaking in regards to the dialog they as soon as had with him. The factor is – it’s all true. It’s all actual.”

Lassner continued, “Those that knew him should not attempting to make this tragedy about themselves. They’re simply attempting to convey to you who Twitch was.”

The Colombia native labored with Boss on The Ellen DeGeneres Present, the place the late dancer first appeared as a visitor DJ in 2013. He went on to seem because the in-house DJ the next 12 months and was promoted to govt producer in 2020, usually filling in for Ellen DeGeneres because the visitor host.

“He made every thing about you,” Lassner continued in his tribute on Friday. “He made you’re feeling like a very powerful individual on the planet. And he did this for everyone. Not simply the folks he wanted or that had been ‘vital’. He did it for everyone. It doesn’t sound actual. However it’s. All of it.”

He defined that Boss “was everybody’s good friend” previous to his dying. “He actually did care for each single one that labored on the present and everybody in his life. And the factor is in case you met him simply as soon as – you felt that feeling. That gentle. That’s why I feel you and I are hurting. As a result of all of us counted on him. He was our flame. Our pleasure. Our dancer,” Lassner stated.

‘Ellen’ Producer Andy Lassner Defends tWitch's Friends' Tributes: They 'Are Not Trying to Make This Tragedy About Themselves'

Andy Lassner and Stephen “tWitch” Boss.
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Boss died on the Oak Tree Inn in Los Angeles on Tuesday. His physique was found by employees, who referred to as the police instantly. In response to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner, there have been “no indicators of foul play” and the case is formally closed, Us Weekly confirmed on Wednesday, December 14.

“There was a heavy burden that none of us realized he was carrying,” Lassner concluded. “He should have been so drained. However we didn’t know as a result of he by no means needed it to be about him. Ever. So now we will both spend all of our time questioning why and the way and by no means being glad with the solutions we think about. Or we will give attention to being grateful for the present he gave us by permitting us to take gentle from his flame. The factor is that gentle nonetheless burns in us. All of us. Let’s attempt to share that gentle with the folks we love. It’s actually all we will do. And that’s sufficient. It’s greater than sufficient.”

Lassner’s submit was supported by movie star buddies, together with Jennifer Garner, Jennifer Aniston and Mario Lopez, who all commented with coronary heart emojis.

Loni Love added, “What issues to me is that we defend his legacy, defend his household and cherish his reminiscence.. he’s missed. 💔.”

Boss is survived by spouse Allison Holker, who he married in December 2013. They shared three kids: Maddox, 6, Zaia, 3, and Weslie, 14, Holker’s daughter from a earlier relationship whom Boss adopted.

Holker, 34, confirmed her husband’s dying in an announcement to NBC Information on Wednesday.

“It’s with the heaviest of hearts that I’ve to share my husband Stephen has left us. Stephen lit up each room he stepped into,” Holker stated. “He valued household, pals and group above all else and main with love and lightweight was every thing to him. He was the spine of our household, the very best husband and father, and an inspiration to his followers.”

She added: “To say he left a legacy could be an understatement, and his constructive 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. We ask for privateness throughout this tough time for myself and particularly for our three kids.”

Holker concluded with a message to her late partner: “Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I’ll at all times save the final dance for you.”

For those who or somebody is in emotional misery or contemplating suicide, name the 988 Suicide & Disaster Lifeline at 988.