My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding star twins died in 'suicide pact' after cancer diagnosisDecember 30, 2019
TWIN brothers who starred in My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding died in suicide pact after cancer diagnosis, it has been claimed.
Billy and Joe Smith, both 32, were tragically found in a tree in woodland, close to a farm, in rural Kent on Saturday morning.
The family of the My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding stars has since claimed that a note was found by the pair's body, saying they "wanted it like this".
Phoebe Charleen Smith, a cousin, told the Telegraph: "Joey had cancer, and Billy told him 'I’d never be able to live without you'.
"Joey told the family he got the all-clear after chemo two months ago, but we don’t know if that’s true now.
"They went missing, and Joey’s phone was turned off. Then we found a note. It said that they wanted it like this, and we would find them in the woods where they played with the family years ago."
Family members said they had previously flagged concerns the pair were struggling with depression.
Tragically, just two weeks before their death, the brothers had been filmed singing and dancing to Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas Is You.
The brothers had first featured on Channel 4 throughout 2013.
One episode followed them during a gardening shift in Kent, where they discussed the traveller lifestyle before getting married.
But friends and family have been left reeling by the deaths, with police closing the lane in an isolated area of Sevenoaks, Kent, following the incident.
Among tributes paid to the twins, Billy's partner Kristina Delaney, from Cheltenham, wrote on Facebook: "Hardest day of my life. 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 you always see stuff like this but you just never think it’ll happen to you.
"I can’t believe I have to type this together struggling to speak never mind put a sentence together, I’m gonna make you so so proud my bill, my life, my angel."
Big Brother and Gypsy Wedding star Paddy Doherty also paid tribute and posted a video calling the brothers "angels".
He wrote: "RIP PLEASE PRAY FOR THESE TWO DEAR SOULS God rest rest them in peace.
"Two good looking boys, God bless their souls… That's a terrible, terrible tragedy…
"There's always worse than yourself… Pray for the boys' family, the boys' mother and father, help them be strong and get through this…
"I'm very very sorry for your troubles. Anyone watching this please say a prayer for those left behind…
"May God look after them… They are two angels… They're in the kingdom of heaven walking on gold."
The brothers had recently celebrated their birthday on December 16.
Pal Jane Chippendale tearfully told the Mirror: "I'm still in shock. It doesn't make sense. Their clothes are hanging up in my wash room.
"They were like sons when they were here. They were so identical. It was hard to tell them apart."
A friend on Facebook wrote: "The love they had for one another. They couldn't live without one another."
Another added: "Born together and left the earth together."
A Kent Police spokesman said: “Inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the deaths are ongoing but they are not currently being treated as suspicious.
He added: “The next of kin of both men are aware and are being kept updated.”
An inquest into the deaths is likely to be held in the New Year.
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