Tidwell competed at age 22 on the show. Originally from Norfolk, Va., he was a contemporary dance specialist. His brother danced in the previous season and also came in second.
Emmy-winning choreographer Travis Wall, the deceased’s brother, saluted Tidwell on Instagram.
“Yesterday I lost a brother. And we all lost a gift,” he wrote, including a slideshow of Tidwell photos. “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!”
Tidwell was adopted by mother Denise Wall at age 12. He became a member at American Ballet Theater after joining in 2003.