Danny Tidwell, 'So You Think You Can Dance' Finalist, Dies at 35

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"You were more than my brother. You were my inspiration. I idolized you growing up. Wanted to dance just like you," Tidwell's brother shared Saturday on Instagram.

Danny Tidwell, a finalist on Fox's So You Think You Can Dance?, died Friday, according to his brother and fellow dancer, Travis Wall. Tidwell was 35.

Wall posted the news Saturday morning on Instagram.

"Yesterday I lost a brother. And we all lost a gift," Wall wrote. "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."

Tidwell was a runner-up on the third season of the Fox dance competition series in 2007.

From Norfolk, Virginia, Tidwell began dancing as a child, attending Kirov Academy of Ballet at 15. He would go on to work with the American Ballet Theatre as well as perform in works by famed choreographers, including Mia Michaels and Debbi Allen (who was a guest judge during his time on So You Think You Can Dance).

Via Instagram, Tidwell's husband David Benaym posted a lengthy tribute Saturday afternoon. "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," he wrote. 

Added Benaym, "We were so lucky to have him, life was so challenging for him. But he was a warrior, and he came back standing, always."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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March 7, 7:31 p.m. Updated with Instagram tribute from David Benaym.