WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The twin brothers who starred in British reality-TV show My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding were found dead in a suspected ‘suicide pact’ following a cancer diagnosis, the family has revealed.
- The bodies of Bill and Joe Smith were found together in a tree off an isolated country lane in Sevenoaks, Kent, where they had played as youngsters, Mirror reported.
- Joe had recently been diagnosed with cancer, which had come as a tragic news or his brother Bill, who had told him: “I’d never be able to live without you.”
The twins who starred on the British TLC reality show “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding” died in a double suicide after making a death pact when one of them was diagnosed with cancer, according to a report.
The bodies of Billy and Joe Smith were found by their uncle in Kent in England on Saturday morning, the Telegraph reported. The 32-year-old twins reportedly were hanging from a tree near their grandmother’s home in a remote area of Sevenoaks, where they had played as youngsters.
According to family members, Joe had recently been diagnosed with cancer and his condition weighed heavily on his twin brother, Billy.
“Joey had cancer, and Billy told him, ‘I’d never be able to live without you,’” cousin Phoebe Charleen Smith told the Telegraph.
She said Joe recently informed the family that he was living cancer-free, though they’re now skeptical about that claim in the wake of his death.
“Joey told the family he got the all-clear after chemo two months ago, but we don’t know if that’s true now,” Smith said.
When the brothers went missing, the family feared the worst after they found a note indicating that something was amiss.
“They went missing, and Joey’s phone was turned off. Then we found a note,” she told the Telegraph. “It said that they wanted it like this, and we would find them in the woods where they played with the family years ago.”
Smith also said the brothers were “loved by everyone” and had a strong bond with each other.
“They couldn’t live without each other, and the stars belong to the sky,” she added.
Relatives had worried before that the brothers were hiding their struggles with depression.
“The boys seemed happy to everyone that saw them,” a source close to the family told the outlet. “The closer family were concerned that they were battling depression, but they were very good at hiding it.”
The deaths are under investigation, though the case isn’t being treated as suspicious, the Independent reported.
Source: Page Six