EXCLUSIVE: Inside the $107-a-night LA motel room where Ellen’s co-star DJ Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss, 40, shot himself in the head before his body was discovered in the bathroom in a pool of blood by horrified maid
- Stephen Boss shot himself in the head in the bathroom of a motel less than half a mile from his home
- The dancer looked ‘calm’ after ringing ahead around an hour before walking to the motel to see if they had rooms
- Hotel staff found his body after performing a wellness check when he failed to check out
- A manager told DailyMail.com that the bathroom was ‘covered in blood’ after the shooting
The Ellen DeGeneres show DJ who shot himself in a Los Angeles hotel room this week was found by a horrified maid, the hotel manager told DailyMail.com.
Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss, 40, a longtime executive producer of Ellen’s show, checked into room 249 at the Oak Tree Inn in Encino at around 10.30am on Monday.
‘He went into his room, and he never came out,’ the manager, Rakesh, said.
‘At 11.15am on Tuesday the maid opened the door to check on the room. There was his stuff in there but no one there. She checked the bathroom, and there was blood everywhere.
‘She was very scared. This is the first time anything like that has happened here.
‘We called 911, they told us to check his pulse but there was nothing. The paramedics and the police came, and they said he was dead.’
Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss, 40, a longtime executive producer of Ellen’s show, checked into room 249 at the Oak Tree Inn on Monday before being found dead 24 hours later
DJ Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss died aged 40 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Los Angeles on Tuesday
A manager told DailyMail.com that the bathroom was ‘covered in blood’ after the shooting
Rakesh, who asked to be identified only by his first name, said no guests or staff heard the gunshot.
‘Maybe he did it during the day on Monday. It’s a busy, loud road outside here, it’s possible nobody heard it because of that,’ he said.
Boss called ahead at around 9.20am on Monday to check if rooms were available, then walked the few blocks from his home. Rakesh said he seemed ‘completely normal’ and ‘calm’.
‘When we knocked on the door there was no response,’ Rakesh said. ‘The maid opened the door and there was his stuff still in the room.’
Another member of staff confirmed Boss shot himself in the head, with the manager adding that he did it in the bathroom.
They said he used his own name to check into the motel on Monday and was not discovered until Tuesday morning.
The DJ stayed in room 249 and was discovered by a maid performing welfare check after he failed to check out
Boss called ahead at around 9.20am on Monday to check if rooms were available, then walked the few blocks from his home
Boss is survived by his wife Allison, 34, and their three children, Weslie, 14, Maddox, 6, and Zaia, 3
Workers said he ‘shot himself in the head’ but no one heard the gunshot, describing the scene as ‘pretty bad’.
He left home on Monday without his car and when he didn’t return by Tuesday – disappearing overnight – his wife frantically ran to file a report.
Boss’ family members arrived on Wednesday morning to look after the grieving wife and children at his six-bed Encino home, embracing his sobbing son who ran out the house to greet them.
One told DailyMail.com the family declined to comment.
The So You Think You Can Dance star, who met his dance teacher wife Alison, 34, on the show in 2010, was father to three kids, Zaia, 3, Maddox Laurel, 6, and Weslie Renae, 14, who was born in Alison’s previous relationship but adopted by Stephen.
He left home on Monday without his car and when he didn’t return by Tuesday – disappearing overnight – his wife frantically ran to file a report
Workers said he ‘shot himself in the head’ but no one heard the gunshot, describing the scene as ‘pretty bad’
Boss walked 15 minutes from his home to the motel where he appeared ‘calm’ before the incident
The suicide has cast a dark cloud over the bright future of daughter Weslie, who is set to study at Notre Dame University with the class of 2026 according to a sign on the family’s front lawn.
She also plays for her school’s soccer team, models sportswear and is a young influencer for brands including Dick’s Sporting Goods, managed by her parents.
The couple appeared happy and planning for the future while appearing on the show in November – celebrating their ninth wedding anniversary three days before his death.
Boss and his wife posted a heartfelt video of them dancing online to mark the occasion.
He worked on Ellen’s show from 2014 until it ended in 2022 and was made an executive producer in 2020.
Boss’ brother came to the family home with flowers for his sibling’s wife after hearing the news of his death
Family members consoled each other as they arrived at the luxury property, which is just a 15 minute walk from where Boss shot himself
Boss left the house on foot before being found dead in a LA hotel after his wife raised the alarm
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