'So You Think You Can Dance' runner-up Danny Tidwell dies at 35: 'Can't believe this is real'

Danny Tidwell performs a leap in his pas de deux from "Le Corsaire" on June 26, 2002, in Jackson, Miss., during Round 3 of the USA International Ballet Competition.

Danny Tidwell, a former “So You Think You Can Dance” contestant who finished in second place in 2007, has died at 35. 

Tidwell’s brother, Travis Wall, confirmed his death in an Instagram post Saturday, announcing his heart was broken because “yesterday I lost a brother” and asking that his followers “pray for my mom and my family during this difficult time.”

“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,” Wall wrote. “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!” 

David Benaym, Tidwell’s husband and a journalist for i24 News, wrote that he was “devastated” to lose “the love of my life,” who died Friday night in a car crash “while his friend was driving him home from work.”

"So You Think You Can Dance" top 10 dancer Danny Tidwell fields questions from the media during the Television Critics Association's summer sessions on July 22, 2007.

“We were so lucky to have him, life was so challenging for him,” Benaym wrote. “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.”

Tidwell grew up dancing at an after-school program in Virginia, where his teacher, Denise Wall, noticed that he hadn’t been registered for school and was left unsupervised for long periods of the day, according to a 2007 interview she gave to The Virginian-Pilot. 

Wall later obtained legal guardianship of Tidwell and he began calling her four sons, Travis, Scotty, Tyler and Shannon, his brothers. Travis, who is five years younger than Tidwell, finished in second place during the 2006 season of “So You Think You Can Dance.” (He’s since returned to the show as a choreographer and mentor.)

Lauren Gottlieb (from left), Danny Tidwell, Dominic Sandoval and Jaimie Goodwin from TV's "So You Think You Can Dance," after performing live with the other finalists at Rose Garden arena in Portland.

It was watching his younger brother during a “Dance” tour performance that Tidwell realized he wanted to pursue the same dream.

“At Madison Square Garden, Danny looked at me with tears in his eyes and said, ‘I want to do that,’ ” Denise told The Virginian-Pilot. ” ‘My brother’s up there on that stage, dancing and living, and I want to do that.’ “

“Do that” he did: Tidwell auditioned the following season and made it to the finale, where he came in second to Sabra Johnson. 

“I wish I could jump in your arms again like we used to when we were kids and onstage dancing,” Wall added in his Instagram post. “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.”

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