The holidays may be difficult, but Ellen DeGeneres is urging her followers to send one another love in remembrance of the late Stephen "tWitch" Boss.

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On Friday, DeGeneres posted a message on Instagram to honour Boss, a friend and former show DJ who committed suicide earlier this month at the age of 40.

"Everyone is in pain and trying to make sense of it, and we'll never make sense of it," DeGeneres said of Boss' death.  

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"The holidays are hard, I think, anyway, but to honor tWitch, I think the best thing that we can do is to laugh, hug each other, play games, and dance and sing. That's the way we honor him, is we do the things that he loved to do, which is dancing. He loved music, he loved games, so we do that." med, “He’s looking for a fresh start.”  

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"I know it seems hard, it seems impossible, but that's how we honor him," DeGeneres added. 

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"And hug each other and tell each other we love each other and let people know we're there for them and check in on people." 

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Boss debuted as a guest DJ on DeGeneres' long-running daytime talk show in 2014 but quickly won over viewers with his cheery demeanour and exciting dance moves to become a regular presence. 

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Later on, he rose to the position of executive producer for the programme and went on to co-star in Ellen DeGeneres' variety game show Ellen's Game of Games, which aired on NBC for four seasons.

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"So, happy holidays, everybody," DeGeneres concluded her message. "It's not a happy holiday, but ... he was pure light, as everybody in the comments said. 

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If you knew him, you knew that. If you didn't know him, you saw it. Let's honor him and think about him and send love to one another." 

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