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Take aways in tWitch death

Stephen “tWitch” Boss made headlines when news broke that he died by suicide. We’re confused. The smile, the hat, the charisma and of course the effortlessly silky dance moves made it easy to enjoy his work and appreciate his demeanor. With a beautiful wife and a gorgeous family, and a winning personality, it's hard to understand what would drive anyone to such an extreme decision. And yet here we are pondering how this all happened. Boss knew every step and was well trained as a choreographer. The freestyle hip hop dancer, actor, TV producer and personality was loaded with charisma, talent, good looks and charm. But his last choreographed move was a carefully planned departure from life.

People from all walks of life, from celebrities to our everyday admirers we're thrown for a loop with the news of a suicide. The news created a tidal wave of emotions and it also included another round of honest dialogue and debate around how to identify and address depression, anguish and the threat of suicide. At the time of this published release, there were very few if any signs that the boss had any personal issues or extreme depression.

There are some clear takeaways, with the most important one being the fact that someone who is seriously suicidal make quite well be skilled at hiding the signs. This is especially true with someone known for being so kind and generous.

To drive the point home with more clarity, psychiatrist and good experts understand the risk factors for suicide and what to look for. From mental illness, depression, bipolar, addiction, talk to relationships and so much more are much easier to spot. There are other considerations, such as simply being a man. Then die by suicide four times more often than women and suicide attempts are on the rise among black men. Another takeaway is the need to continue to stress the importance of getting help through dialogue, conversation, media resources and even Town Halls and church involvement, schools and more. Perhaps this should be a part of our cultural Awakening, elevating a dialogue and treatment of the issues that lead to suicide.

Focusing on prevention, and elevating the need to encourage a desire to live and fight through it won't be easy, but it is necessary. Learning signs are helpful but again, there are plenty of people who are depressed and know how to hide it. A smile can be very deceiving when there's an internal struggle. Picking up on small clues may help. There's a number that's going around that may help anyone having suicidal thoughts. Call 988 to speak to a train professional 24 hours a day 7 days a week

WIKI Bio - Stephen Laurel "tWitch" Boss

Stephen Laurel "tWitch" Boss (September 29, 1982 – December 13, 2022) was an American freestyle hip hop dancer, choreographer, actor, television producer, and television personality. In 2008, he finished in second place on the American version of So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD). From 2014 to May 2022, he was featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show as a co-host and he was also a co-executive producer of the program. He was featured in Ellen's Game of Games as a sidekick to DeGeneres. Between 2018 and 2020, he and his wife, Allison Holker, hosted Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings on Freeform and Disney+.

In 2003, Boss was a semifinalist on MTV's The Wade Robson Project and a runner-up on the television talent competition Star Search. He choreographed routines for South Korean pop/R&B singer Seven and helped train other YG Entertainment artists including Big Bang. In 2007, he was an uncredited "flamboyant dancer" in Blades of Glory and a Maybelle's Store Dancer in Hairspray.

After competing in So You Think You Can Dance, he taught dancing at South County Classical Ballet with fellow finalist Katee Shean. On April 30, 2013, he and Allison Holker performed a dance routine on Dancing with the Stars. They danced to "Crystallize" which was performed live by Lindsey Stirling.

Beginning on April 1, 2014, Boss was featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show as a guest DJ. In October 2014, he announced that he had been cast in Magic Mike XXL. On August 17, 2020, he became a co-executive producer of Ellen DeGeneres' daytime talk show. Boss was cast as Marcel X in the upcoming superhero movie Perfectus and later he had a feature role in the movie Ushers. He was a member of the dance troupes "Breed OCLA" and "Chill Factor Crew.

On October 17, 2017, Freeform announced the production of a seven-episode series to be released in the summer of 2018; it was hosted by tWitch and his wife, Allison Holker. In November 2017, Freeform added a December 11, 2017, hour-long special, "Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic as a part of its "25 Days of Christmas" event. Season 2 premiered on Disney on February 14, 2020.

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