He was 35.
So You Think You Can Dance runner-up Danny Tidwell has died from injuries sustained in a car crash on Friday.
News of his death was shared publicly by his brother, Travis Wall, in an Instagram post on Saturday morning.
“My heart is broken. Yesterday I lost a brother. And we all lost a gift,” he wrote. “You were more than my brother. You were my inspiration.”
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.
A post shared by Travis Wall (@traviswall) on Mar 7, 2020 at 9:14am PST
Tidwell blew everyone away during the third season of So You Think You Can Dance, proving his talent over and over again, in all styles. He ultimately finished second to Sabra Johnson, but continued dancing professionally, performing on Dancing with the Stars, on Broadway, and with Norway’s National Ballet.
Tidwell married journalist David Benaym in 2014, and Benaym also paid tribute to his late husband on Saturday.
“We were so lucky to have him, life was so challenging for him. But he was a warrior, and he came back standing, always,” he wrote. “We loved each other so much, he was and always will be family.”
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
A post shared by David BENAYM (@benaym) on Mar 7, 2020 at 12:07pm PST
So You Think You Can Dance Runner-Up Danny Tidwell Has Died0