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Danny Tidwell, who took second place on So You Think You Can Dance Season 3 in 2007, has died at age 35. He has been part of Travis Wall's family as a brother since they were young and Wall's mother Denise Wall took Tidwell under her wing at her dance studio. Tidwell came to call her Mom and called Travis his brother.
Travis Wall, who was a finalist in So You Think You Can Dance Season 2, revealed his brother's death in an Instagram post today:
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.
Travis Wall shared several photos of his brother in the post, so swipe over to see them all:
So far, there are no official updates yet on how Danny Tidwell died. But Travis Wall continued to honor his brother, sharing a video of their first dance duet together:
So You Think You Can Dance judge Nigel Lythgoe honored Danny Tidwell as one of the best dancers he's ever seen:
Danny Tidwell had been dancing since he was a child and worked with some of the greatest choreographers, including Debbie Allen, who paid tribute to the young dancer on Twitter:
More tributes have poured in, including from So You Think You Can Dance alum Ariana DeBose:
Watch part of Danny Tidwell's journey on So You Think You Can Dance in this video:
Danny Tidwell was 22 when he competed on the Fox show. He also performed during American Idol's Idol Gives Back charity event and performed on Dancing With the Stars in a piece choreographed by Travis Wall. He will be missed by so many.