Bill and Joe Smith, the twin brothers who starred in the original British version of the TLC reality show My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, are dead after an apparent joint suicide. The brothers were found hanging from a tree near a farm in Sevenoaks, Kent, England. They were 32 years old.
Bill and Joe Smith's bodies were found on the morning of Saturday, December 28. Local authorities were called to the Sevenoaks scene, and the brothers' deaths are currently under police investigation. However, it's reported that the authorities don’t suspect any foul play with regards to the deaths, and police are largely confident that it was suicide.
The twin brothers both appeared in Season 3 of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding on the UK’s Channel 4 in 2010. (The series later started airing in the U.S. in 2011 on the TLC network, with altered narration.) The series, originally titled Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, followed the journeys and everyday lives of traveler families. Bill and Joe Smith were landscape gardeners, and the reality show even dedicated an episode to their profession, following them during a landscape shift.
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.
The outpouring of love continued online. In a separate Facebook post, Bill Smith’s girlfriend Kristina Delaney shared a moving tribute, though she was still in shock and disbelief over the twins’ deaths. Delaney wrote that she told Joe to wait “for time to heal you” and wishes she’d been able to do more for the both of them.
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.
On Twitter, a spokesperson for TLC shared condolences on behalf of the network for Bill and Joe Smith’s family, and also included the number of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in case anyone needed to call.
According to The Sun, the twins’ family had reportedly expressed concern for the brothers, though whether that was concern for prior suicidal thoughts is unclear. Two weeks before their deaths, Bill and Joe Smith recorded an amusing video of themselves dancing and singing at a wedding, doing a rendition of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”
Here at CinemaBlend, our thoughts are with Bill and Joe Smith’s family and friends during their time of mourning.