The world continues to mourn the death of Stephen “tWitch” Boss on Dec. 13, as reports say he died by suicide. Boss was best known for being the DJ and co-executive producer for the “Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
On Dec. 15, Tyler Perry paid tribute to Boss in an Instagram video that he captioned “Life.”
“I like the rest of the world am shocked by the death of Stephen Boss, tWitch,” Perry wrote. “I’ve only met him a couple of times. He was always full of life, he seemed like, such a light.”
Perry went on to talk about his own struggles with suicide in the past.
“I just want to take you back to a time in my life when I tried to commit suicide, a couple of times, because it was so dark, I didn’t think it would get any better,” Perry wrote. “I had endured so much pain, so much abuse, sexual abuse, it was all so hard to just move through that I thought the only way to make this better was to end my life.”
Perry sent some kind words of inspiration to those battling through those same struggles, saying he’s “the happiest I’ve ever been.”
“I’m saying that to you, if you are a person who’s considering suicide, ending your life, and you’ve been through a lot of hell, please, please, please, think about what the other side could be,” Perry wrote. “It could be amazing. And you would miss the best part of it going through the darkness. Don’t let the darkness stop you from getting to this incredible place of life.”
If you or someone you know needs help, contact the 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.