Stephen “Twitch” Bass, longtime and beloved dance DJ on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and former contestant on “So You Think You Can Dance,” has died at age 40. His wife, Allison Holker Bass, confirmed him. It was confirmed in a statement published on People.com on Wednesday. “My husband Stephen left us,” she said. “Stephen lit up every room he stepped into. He valued family, friends, and community above all else and led with love and light.
He was the backbone of our family, the best husband, and father, and an inspiration to his fans.” Her statement did not provide details on the cause of his death. Twitch began his tenure on “The Ellen Show” in 2014 and was later promoted to co-executive producer in 2020. “I am heartbroken. Twitch was pure love and light. He was my family, and I loved him with all my heart. I will miss him. Please send your love and support to Allison and his beautiful children – Wesley, Maddox, and Jaya,” Ellen DeGeneres said on Twitter. Along with a photo of the two hugging backstage. The dancer-DJ has also appeared in films like”
Step Up: All In” and “Magic Mike XXL” and was featured in Disney+’s “The Hip Hop Nutcracker,” which was released this year. He was runner-up on “So You Think You Can Dance” and later became a judge on season 17 of the dance competition show. The Alabama native studied dance performance at Southern Union State Community College and Chapman University. His love for dance permeated all aspects of his life as he aspired to emulate greats like Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire.
“My personal opinion is Gene Kelly, the man is the greatest of all time. Gene Kelly, because he’s a boy. I love Fred Astaire, but Fred Astaire is so soft and so cool. He’s so classy,” Bass said in a 2014 interview with The Associated Press. “But Gene Kelly — he could have been somebody’s dad who decided to get out of bed and dance around and clean the kitchen.”
The boss has posted dance videos on TikTok with his wife, also a professional dancer, and their children making guest appearances. Celebrities such as Questlove and Kerry Washington posted condolences on social media. “I’m a speechless man. His family needs a solution in this dark time. May we all find peace in our daily lives. Every day is a twisting road and you never know who’s on the edge,” Questlove posted. Instagram.”
Twitch brought joy and love to people around the world through music and dance. My heart goes out to his family and all who knew and loved him today,” Washington posted on Instagram.