'So You Think You Can Dance' Finalist Danny Tidwell Dead at the Age of 35
Danny Tidwell, the renowned dancer and finalist from season 3 of "So You Think You Can Dance," has recently passed away at the age of 35 in a car crash.
The heartbreaking news was shared by his brother, fellow dancer and Emmy-winning choreographer Travis Wall, who took to Instagram to pay tribute to Tidwell.
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My heart is broken. Yesterday I lost a brother . And we all lost a gift. I’m not ready. But I never think I will be. Because I can’t believe this is real. I can’t believe you’re gone. You were more than my brother. You were my inspiration. I idolized you growing up. Wanted to dance just like you. Wanted to be you! I wish I could jump in your arms again like we used to when we were kids and onstage dancing. We will all remember the joy and passion you brought to everyone you came in contact with through out your journey. A journey cut to short. You are a legend. And I love you so much Danny. Rest In Peace my brother. I can’t believe I’m even typing this . Please pray for my mom and my family during this difficult time. 💔💔💔
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Wall posted a series of photos of his late brother along with a few words honoring his life and the impact he had on him, especially when it comes to dancing.
According to Wall, Tidwell was his inspiration and someone he always looked up to while growing up. Wall also wrote that he wished he could jump into his brother's arms like they used to do when they were children.
I just learned about the passing of Danny Tidwell and I am so awfully sad. He was one of the finest dancers I have ever seen. Such a wonderful talent gone too soon. My heart goes out to Travis and his entire family. Rest in peace, Danny ❤️ xoP pic.twitter.com/VeGQdImruD— Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) March 7, 2020
Wall, who was a runner-up on the second season of "So You Think You Can Dance," went on to remember the difference Tidwell made in so many lives:
“We will all remember the joy and passion you brought to everyone you came in contact with throughout your journey. A journey cut too short. You are a legend. And I love you so much, Danny. Rest In Peace, my brother."
The grieving brother finished his tribute with three broken hearts and asked fans to pray for their family, especially for their mother, during this difficult time.
Following the 35-year-old's death, celebrities such as Abby Lee Miller, Debbie Allen and Paula Abdul paid their respects to Tidwell
HE LEAVES BEHIND A LOVING HUSBAND
But Wall wasn't the only one who used social media to share his loss with the world. David Benaym, Tidwell's husband, also honored his memory with an emotional message:
"We loved each other so much, he was and always will be family. He made me the happiest for so many years, we were able to create so much together."
The news reporter described Tidwell as the love of his life, as well as a beloved friend, artist, a talented angel, a fierce mind and a legendary dancer.
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I'm devastated that my Danny, the love of my life, my beloved friend, the artist, the talented angel, fierce mind, legendary dancer, my now late husband, Danny Tidwell died last night in a car crash while his friend was driving him home from work. I'm thinking of Denise, Travis, Scott, Tyler and Shannon, Grandma, his sisters Latoya and Ronda, his friend that was with him, Eddy, that survives him, and all his dance family that is already expressing the state of shock we are all in. We were so lucky to have him, life was so challenging for him. But he was a warrior, and he came back standing, always. We loved each other so much, he was and always will be family. He made me the happiest for so many years, we were able to create so much together, a book and a show, Moving Still, an amazing magazine adventure for 7 years, movmnt magazine, that made us so proud. He had such an impact on the dance world, life gave him so much to deal with from a young age. I will write more about you Danny, tell your story, continue your legacy, make sure that you are not forgotten, that you are celebrated. An angel with no wings you said you were, you were flying all along, and you'll be our guardian angel from now on. I love you, I'll forever miss you. You're now in peace, mon Danny, and I know you know how much you were loved. #dannytidwell
REMEMBERED BY HOLLYWOOD STARS
Benaym also promised that he will never be forgotten and that he will continue to tell Tidwell's story in order to continue his legacy and to celebrate his life.
Following the 35-year-old's death, celebrities such as Abby Lee Miller, Debbie Allen and Paula Abdul paid their respects to Tidwell, who shall always be remembered for his fantastic performances on stage.