Twin brothers who starred in 'My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding' found dead in woodland in suspected double suicide pact
The show explored the lives and traditions of several Irish traveller families as they prepared to unite one of their members in marriage
Twin brothers who starred in the show 'My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding' have died in a suspected double suicide, according to reports.
Bill and Joe Smith, 32, were found dead in woodland in an isolated country lane in Sevenoaks, Kent, according to Us Weekly.
According to the outlet, authorities said that two men's bodies were discovered around 11.30 am on December 28. “The incident is not being treated as suspicious and officers are compiling a report for the coroner,” Kent Police Press Officer Sally Smith said in a statement on December 29. The family is said to have been worried about their welfare earlier as well.
The show explored the lives and traditions of several Irish traveler families as they prepared to unite one of their members in marriage. On the show, they were described to be Romani gypsies. At the time, they were 24 years old.
'Celebrity Big Brother' winner Paddy Doherty also starred in the show. Heartbroken by the news, he shared, "Two good looking boys, God bless their souls… That’s a terrible, terrible tragedy,” he said, "I’m very sorry for their troubles from the bottom of my heart. May God look after them, may God have mercy on them. They are two angels, harmless, they were unbelievable.”
Kristina Delaney, Billy Smith’s partner, also shared her tribute on social media. "Hardest day of my life," she wrote. "RIP my perfect bill you were so pure so lovely. You made me the happiest girl. Did everything for me showed me love i never had 💔."
Fans from all over the world poured in their heartfelt tributes for the two. "The love they had for one another. They could not live without one another," one said while another added, "They both took their own lives. Depression is rife among our folk." A third said, "Born together and left the earth together."
The show ran for five years before being canceled in 2015.