/Twin brothers found dead in joint suicide were My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding stars

Twin brothers found dead in joint suicide were My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding stars

Twin brothers found dead together in a suspected double suicide have been named as stars of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.

The bodies of the 32-year-old siblings, named locally as Bill and Joe Smith, a dad-of-two, were discovered in woodland in an isolated country lane in Sevenoaks, Kent, just days after Christmas.

Heartbroken family, friends and members of the UK’s travelling community have paid tribute to the siblings, with one writing on Facebook: “The love they had for one another. They couldt live with out one another.” [sic]

Another wrote: “They both took their own lives. Depression is rife among our folki.”

A third added: “Born together and left the earth together.

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Heartbroken family and friends have paid tribute to Bill (left) and Joe (right)

“Male depression really is as strong as any other and it should be made as aware as any other and they should feel like they can speak up like any other person the demons won these beautiful life’s.” [sic]

Referring to the tributes, family member Phoebe Charleen Smith told Mirror Online: “My cousins were loved all over the world, as you can see.”

Billy’s partner, Kristina Davey, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, wrote on social media: “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.

The twins were found dead in an isolated country lane in Sevenoaks

“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.”

Friend Jane Chippendale said Bill and Joe, the father of a young son and daughter, worked for their uncle’s landscaping company and had recently stayed at her house in Tunbridge Wells for almost two months after previously living in Weald.

She last saw them a month ago when they moved out, telling her they were going to live at an aunt’s house, shortly after they returned from a trip to Thailand.

Mrs Chippendale said through tears: “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.

The Smith brothers featured in the TV programme My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding in 2014

“They were so identical. It was hard to tell them apart.

“They asked if they could come round at Christmas, but I hadn’t heard anything from them.”

The Smith brothers ended up staying at her home because a local B&B was full.

She told Mirror Online: I have a cancer diagnosis. They sent me a message saying ‘stay positive, you’re going to outlive all of this’.

“The boys put up a fence for me at the back. They gave me cards for my birthday.

“We got close so quickly. They were so sweet.

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“I can still see them smiling in front of me.”

She said there were no signs that anything like this would happen.

Paddy Doherty, the Celebrity Big Brother winner and My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding star, asked his fans to pray for the Smith twins’ family, including their parents and grandmother.

He said in a Facebook video: “Two good looking boys, God bless themselves.

“That’s a terrible tragedy. Pray for the boys’ family.

“I’m very, very sorry for your troubles.

“May God have mercy and God look after them.”

One Facebook tribute said the brothers “couldn’t live without one another”
(Image: Facebook)

At a wedding two weeks ago the brothers recorded a video as they sang and danced to Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You.

A Facebook user wrote: “Nobody has TOMORROW this was videod less than 2 weeks ago there they were full of life and now there gone. TOMORROW isn’t promised for none of us rest in peace lads.” [sic]

The pair featured in the third series of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, which described them as Romani gypsies, when they were 24 and working as gardeners.

An episode followed them during a shift in Kent, at home where they discussed the traveller lifestyle and marriage, and during a holiday in Tenerife before they were expected to settle down and start families.

The twins’ bodies were found near to a farm on the outskirts of Sevenoaks at about 11.30am on Saturday.

It is said that their family had previously expressed concern for their welfare.

The Smith twins’ deaths are not considered suspicious

Kent Police said the deaths are not currently being treated as suspicious and a coroner will determine the cause.

Post-mortems are due to take place and an inquest is likely to be held in the new year.

Family and friends told of their heartbreak in tributes posted on Facebook.

One wrote: “Rest in peace bill and joe this worlds so cruel and sometimes the demons in your head get the better god names you an angel way to soon.

“Twin brothers found together god make this place an easier life for the broken hearted #suicideawareneness #malementalhealthisreal.” [sic]

A spokeswoman told Mirror Online: “Kent Police was called at 11.34am on Saturday after the bodies of two men were discovered in Dibden Lane, Sevenoaks.

“Enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the deaths are ongoing but they are not currently being treated as suspicious.

“The next of kin of both men are aware and being kept updated.”

Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at jo@samaritans.org .

Childline (0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won’t show up on your phone bill.

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