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Danny Tidwell death: So You Think You Can Dance star dies in car accident at 35

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Danny Tidwell, former So You Think You Can Dance finalist, died in a car crash. Pic credit: Fox

Danny Tidwell, a former So You Think You Can Dance finalist,  died on Friday, March 6, at the age of 35.

Tidwell is best known for finishing as the runner-up in Season 3 of So You Think You Can Dance which aired on Fox in 2007.

Tidwell’s brother, Travis Wall, broke the tragic news of Tidwell’s death with a post on Instagram earlier today (Saturday, March 7).

Travis Wall is also a former So You Think You Can Dance contestant and finalist.

He captioned a photo of Tidwell with a heartfelt message:

“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.”

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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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Danny Tidwell’s cause of death was a car accident

Travis Wall later revealed in his Instagram Story that Tidwell was killed in a car accident on Friday.

“For those asking, my brother Danny was killed yesterday in a car accident. After all he’s been thru. I can’t believe he was taken away so suddenly from us.”

Tributes pour in on Twitter

Fans, friends, and colleagues have been posting heartfelt tributes and condolence messages since the news of Tidwell’s death broke.

Debbie Allen, one of the judges on So You Can Dance Season 3, posted a moving tribute, describing Tidwell as a “dancing genius.”

Others who shared tributes on Twitter included show co-creator Nigel Lythgoe and fellow contestant Comfort Fedoke (see below).

Who was Danny Tidwell?

Tidwell was born in Norfolk, Virginia in August 1984.

According to Hollywood Life, Tidwell had a difficult childhood and he started attending an After-School program for At-Risk children when he was eight years old. He joined Denise Wall’s dancing studio and the two developed a close relationship.

He moved out of his mother’s house to live with Denise’s family when he was 10 years old. Denise officially took full custody of Danny when he was 12.

He attended The Kirov Academy of Washington, D.C.  He studied under Vladimir Djouloukhadze and later worked with the American Ballet Theatre.

Tidwell appeared on So You Think You Can Dance Season 3 which aired on Fox in 2007. He finished as the runner-up. His brother Travis Wall was the previous season’s runner-up, according to Tidwell’s CBS profile page.

Tidwell was a silver medalist at the 2002 USA International Ballet Competition. He served as the Artistic Director of the Movmnt magazine and was an instructor at Fusion Dance Theater in Holbrook, New York.

He made his Broadway debut in 2009 in Memphis. He moved to Norway in 2010 and joined the Norway National Opera and Ballet, based in Oslo, according to Hollywood Life.

Tidwell was also an actor. He appeared in I Dream of Dance (2017), according to his IMDB page.

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