Former My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding stars Billy Smith and Joe Smith died on Saturday, December 28, In Touch can confirm. The twin brothers’ bodies were found in their hometown of Sevenoaks, England and they passed away together after an apparent joint suicide. They were both 32 years old.
“Kent Police was called at 11: 34 a.m. on Saturday 28, December 2019, after the bodies of two men in their thirties were discovered in Dibden Lane, Sevenoaks,” Kent Police Press Officer Sally Smith confirmed to In Touch in a statement. “The incident is not being treated as suspicious and officers are compiling a report for the coroner.”
The twins’ My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding costar and Celebrity Big Brother winner Paddy Doherty, 60, took to his Facebook page to mourn their death. “I always said, there’s worse than yourself. Look at them two twin boys, two good looking boys, God bless their souls. One brother found the other brother dead, hung, and he hung himself to be with his brother,” Paddy said in a selfie video on his Facebook page.
“That’s a terrible, terrible tragedy. There’s no one worse than yourself,” the former boxer continued. “Pray for the boys’ family. The boys’ mother and father and all who belong to them. For them to get strong, to get through this. And I’m very very sorry for their troubles, at the start the new year as well. I’m very very sorry for your troubles, from the bottom of my heart. If anyone who’s watching this, say a prayer for the whole family who was left behind. My God be good and God look after them.”
Billy and Joe were a part of the gypsy culture in England, otherwise known as English Travellers or Romanichal Travellers. They starred in an episode on season 3 of Channel 4’s My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding in Britain when they were 24 years old. During the twins’ appearance on the show, they documented their preparations for a trip to Tenerife, Spain, which they paid for from their wages they earned as gardeners. They also discussed their Romani lifestyle and they planned to settle down, get married and start families after their vacation.
The show is what inspired the American spinoff, My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding, which ran on TLC for five seasons between 2012 and 2016.
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
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