Stephen “tWitch” Boss has left a tragic legacy behind. Despite all the joy and laughter he brought people while working on the Ellen Show; his real life was marred by unknown darkness that forced him to end it all this week. While many are using his passing to raise awareness for mental health, others are criticizing the television star for being “selfish.” Let’s take a look at what some people are saying.
“Love you much”….on camera, off camera and beyond….sending love@official_tWitch pic.twitter.com/QIx37JbURT— Cat Deeley (@catdeeley) December 14, 2022
tWitch’s passing has divided everyone. While the overwhelming majority of people are just sad and wish they knew more, many others have been making foul conspiracy theories and sharing their opinion on his choice to end his own suffering. tWitch was clearly very in love with his wife, Allison Holker, and they had just celebrated a wedding anniversary. He was also very involved with his children and a loving father to all three. Their oldest daughter had just graduated from high school. So it has left everyone even more confused.
In footage from a year ago, you can see how tight-knit the family was. Allison guest-hosted an episode of The Ellen Show with tWitch and admitted in the clip how much he encouraged and helped her be great. She also opened up about homeschooling their kids and how they bond through dancing. ” I am so grateful for my husband…he makes me feel like a queen..he’s the biggest support system. I look up to him every single day. I just think he’s the best.” The clip is heartbreaking now, in retrospect, seeing how much tWitch left behind. It’s still unknown what he was dealing with, but it makes it clear that his suffering was much harder than the joy he had while still alive.
CNN reporter Mel Robbins blasted people who felt tWitch was being selfish or trying to harm his family by taking his own life. She explained how complex mental health could be, likening it to brain cancer or any other disease. She educates readers on how the struggles “fundamentally” alter someone’s mind and can cause them to do unthinkable things. She explained that tWitch ultimately decided to end things is a clear sign that he lost his battle in the end.
“There’s a big difference between wanting to end your pain and wanting to end your life. But some of those who struggle with mental illness may not be able to see the difference. That’s why suicide isn’t selfish. It’s what happens when someone loses their battle with mental illness,” she said at the end of the article. The article has been shared all over twitter.
People on social media shared the same sentiment, saying, “I saw so many insensitive things said about tWitch and their choice to leave this world. Depression will convince you that your family/friends are better off without you! That’s how [messed] up it is! And yet there are people who are calling him ‘selfish.'”tWitch joins a handful of “happy” celebrities that took their lives this year, causing a shift in the perspective on what mental illness and unhappiness can look like.
Its not lost on me that in the last year, we’ve lost Cheslie Kryst, Ian Alexander, Jr, & Stephen “tWitch” Boss, 3 folks who, to us outside, exude success, to suicide.— Whitney Alese (@TheReclaimed) December 14, 2022
It is time for us to have a very honest conversation about mental health in our community. pic.twitter.com/qpmoPLWp1u
Cheslie Kryst and Ian Alexander. Jr, have also tragically passed after appearing to be “happy.”