On December 13, 2023, family man Stephen “tWitch” Boss died by suicide at age 40, leaving his wife, Allison Holker, children, and loved ones to mourn him. Almost a month after his death, on January 4, 2023, he was laid to rest in a private ceremony.
A source close to his family revealed that a bigger future celebration would be held for Stephen’s friends. The disc jockey (DJ) was survived by his wife and their three young children Weslie Fowler, then 14, Maddox Boss, 6, and Zaia Boss, 3.
Holker gave a tribute to her late husband, noting how he’d “lit up every room he stepped into” when he was alive. She also said “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” star had valued his family, community, and friends above all else, sharing how leading with light and love had meant everything to him, with her adding:
“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.”
Zaia Boss, Allison Holker, Weslie Fowler, Maddox Laurel Boss, and Stephen “tWitch” Boss at the “Minions: The Rise of Gru” Los Angeles premiere on June 25, 2022, in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images
The dancer concluded her statement by addressing her husband of nine years, sharing how much they loved and missed him. Holker promised to always “save the last dance” for Stephen, whom she first met in 2010.
At the time, the pair were all-stars on season 7 of “So You Think You Can Dance,” but they only clicked until the season’s conclusion party. The widow’s husband once revealed they danced at the event and have been together since!
He explained that they didn’t discuss their relationship or have their first date before forming a romantic bond. The duo danced at the event, and the next day they were a couple and held hands, and in 2013 they married in Paso Robles, California, before welcoming their children.
In February 2020, the lastborn, Zaia, was only three -months-old, and her parents discussed how they were bottle feeding her formula, like their other children. Holker explained that they chose that route because it met their lifestyles.
She said her children enjoyed the milk, were healthy, and had no problems. Stephen’s wife laughed as she revealed that having two children less than four years after Weslie was born over eleven years ago was a wake up call for them.
The dancer confessed how “crazy” it was to have three children, but she loved it! She enjoyed the busyness of having different school activities in the pipe line, homework, school drop offs, and having dinner with everyone eating at different times.
The mother of three admitted that it was wild and nothing like what they’d anticipated, but they loved it cause it was fun and a “crazy ride.” Besides Stephen’s wife, someone else who was near and dear to him also honored his memory.
Stephen’s Daughter Pays Tribute to Him after Being Criticized
In late February 2023, Fowler returned to TikTok to pay tribute to the late Stephen, who was her adoptive father. The teenager shared a video of her standing by a mirror holding a phone that had an image of her late father with her on the cover, which was captioned:
“I miss you.”
In the background Mac Miller’s song “Surf” played, and Holker commented on the post revealing how she’d “always and forever” love her “baby girl.” Stephen’s widow had also taken to Instagram during the same month to thank her husband’s fans for their support and helping to keep his memory alive.
In the past, the family of five would often appear together in social media videos. Fowler’s post came years after she was criticized in 2020 by a troll who wanted to know why the then 12-year-old wore “like a boy.”
Although she was very young then, Stephen’s daughter stood up for herself, noting how “patriarchy” was “dead.” Fowler said just because she didn’t wear bright pink or dresses didn’t mean she was dressed like a boy, as it was her style.
She explained that she liked wearing darker colors and comfortable clothes, which didn’t mean girls or boys were defined by certain things because of their gender. Holker reposted her daughter’s clip and said she was “proud” of her for using her voice and standing up for herself.
The dancer noted how people needed to stop trying to tear each other down, and instead, they should band together and understand one another’s beautiful uniqueness. She concluded her message by declaring her love to her daughter.
Holker welcomed Weslie with a previous partner on May 26, 2008, and Stephen adopted her later and formed a special bond with her. In 2023, she was a high school freshman who’d attended her first homecoming dance earlier in the year.
In November 2022, Holker described her eldest child as “so cool,” good, and respectful. Weslie grew up playing soccer and joined her school’s team in the fall of 2022, with her celebrating Title IX’s 50th anniversary but sharing some Instagram photos of her on the soccer field.
Stephen [“tWitch” Boss] was initially keen on having a big family and wanted seven or eight children…
Stephen’s daughter noted how she could channel her focus on something she truly loved with the sport while building a lifetime bond. The late star’s death wasn’t only heartbreaking because he left children behind but also because he and his wife wanted more.
Stephen and His Wife Planned on Having More Children 2 Months before His Death
During their November 2022 “Jennifer Hudson Show” appearance, Holker and Stephen confessed they missed having a newborn in their home. The widow revealed that they’d love to start trying for another child, with her husband adding:
“We really do [miss it], I love the little babies. I love ’em.”
He also said that growing their family was “a constant conversation” between him and his wife. However, Holker and her husband’s appearance on Hudson’s show wasn’t the first time they addressed expanding their family.
In February 2020, the couple had said they were not for or against having more children. However, their main focus was to ensure their children always had enough attention from them to feel “fully loved,” but they’d see how things went.
Stephen was initially keen on having a big family and wanted seven or eight children, but after witnessing childbirth, the number hilariously dropped drastically! Instead he was now more keen on hearing how many children his wife wanted to have!