Twin brothers who starred in TLC’s “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding” have died after they reportedly committed suicide at the same time.
The 32-year-old siblings, Bill and Joe Smith, were found dead in Sevenoaks, England, reported TMZ, citing local law enforcement. The pair starred in the third season of the popular TV show, which followed the lives of Irish traveler families between 2011 and 2015.
Sky News and other local media outlets reported that police were called after the two were found dead on Saturday at around 11:30 a.m.
In a statement to The Metro, police said, “Enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the deaths are ongoing but they are not currently being treated as suspicious.”
The statement continued, “The next of kin of both men are aware and being kept updated.”
Tributes to the two were offered on social media.
One of the show’s stars, Paddy Doherty, posted a video of the two on Facebook, saying: “Two twin boys, two good looking boys, God rest their souls,” reported Sky News.
“I’m very, very sorry for their troubles, at the start of the New Year as well,” he said.
Billy’s girlfriend, Kristina Delaney, also paid tribute and wrote: “Hardest day of my life.”
This is heartbreaking to loss one but both. They came into this life together and went together. Depression is hard to deal with some manage some dont. My heart goes out to the families. https://t.co/SIEz4Zbu6T
— BFGBEN (@Itchymirror) December 29, 2019
She added: “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,” according to the London Evening Standard.
Family member Phoebe Charleen Smith told the Mirror that “my cousins were loved all over the world, as you can see.”
Friend Jane Chippendale said Bill and Joe had worked for their uncle’s landscaping company and said they had stayed at her home for two months.
“I’m still in shock. It doesn’t make sense. Their clothes are hanging up in my washroom. They were like sons when they were here,” she told the Mirror.
If you are in an emergency in the United States or Canada, please call 911. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255. Youth can call the Kids Help Phone on 1-800-668-6868.
In the United Kingdom, call Samaritans at 116 123, Papyrus at 0800 068 41 41, or Childline at 0800 1111.
In Australia, the suicide prevention hotline at Lifeline is 13 11 14. You can also visit the Lifeline website at lifeline.org.au. Youth can contact the Kids Helpline by phoning 1-800-551-800 or visiting headspace.org.au/yarn-safe
If you are in an emergency in India, call Befrienders India – National Association at +91 33 2474 4704.