Danny Tidwell Dead at 35


Danny Tidwell, star of “So You Think You Can Dance”, has died. He was 35. His brother Travis Wall made the announcement on Instagram on Saturday.

Danny Tidwell died on March 6, 2020 in a car crash while his friend was driving him from work. His husband David Benaym posted the news, also on Instagram.

I’m stunned.

I knew Danny Tidwell through this blog. I have not communicated with him or David for a few years after Danny put dancing on hiatus. I wish I was able to say goodbye.

From Travis Wall:

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.

From David Benaym:

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

This is the official news report with details of Danny Tidwell’s car accident from the Statesboro Herald:

Statesboro resident Danny Tidwell, a choreographer and former contestant on the television competition show “So You Think You Can Dance,” was killed Friday in a car crash on Highway 67 near the Denmark community.

Georgia State Patrol Post 45 secretary Ginger Robbins said reports show Tidwell, 35, was a passenger in a 2004 Ford truck driven by Eddie Joe Hall, 31, of West Main Street.

A 2007 Jeep driven by Victoria Condor Dorsey, 19, of Dailey Creek Road in Saluda, South Carolina, failed to stop at a stop sign on Brooklet-Denmark Road and Highway 67, slamming into Hall’s truck on the passenger side.

Dorsey was uninjured. Both Hall and Tidwell were transported to East Georgia Regional Medical Center, where Tidwell was later pronounced dead, Robbins said.

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