By | Rachel Brooks
Contributor | Telegraph Local
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Billy and Joe Smith were twin brothers famous for the British TLC show “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding”. They have both died at the age of 32 in a joint suicide. Citing Page Six, the brothers were found on Saturday.
Citing the Sun, the brothers were found hanging from a tree in the woodland areas around Kent, United Kingdom. Police responded to the scene of the suicide at approximately 11:30 am. The bodies were discovered in a tree, on an isolated lane of Sevenoaks, Kent. They were not far from Billy’s property, a ground floor flat that had been converted from the 1950s. The area is close to a farm in a local district of Dibden and the Seven Oaks Lane, Seven Oaks Bypass.
If you are contemplating suicide, or have a loved one you fear might, please don’t act today. For the United Kingdom, you can contact Samaritans on 116123 or 020 7734 2800. For the US, call or text National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
Accenting the tragedy, the Smith brothers had only recently celebrated their birthday on December 16.
Billy leaves behind a devastated partner, Kristina Delaney. She wrote via a Facebook post,
“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.”
TMZ remembers the twin brothers for their role in My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. They were 24-years-old at the time. The show followed the lives of Irish traveler families. The final season aired in 2015. Irish Travellers are an ethnic group originating in Europe. They call themselves Lucht siull ,” the walking people.” They are genetically different from Irish and some speak a language called Shelta, citing the New York Daily News. The Meath Traveler community calls them the direct descendants of Celtic and pre-Celtic Irish.
Citing the Daily Beast, the brothers were working as gardeners when they appeared on the show, which was a reality show that celebrated the lives of their “British Roma” family as they prepared for lavish British weddings.
The brothers had a cousin named Pheobe Charleen Smith. The BBC reported that she remembered the men as “stars” and stated that “the stars belong in the sky.” Ms. Smith thought of her cousins more as her brothers, quoted from her Facebook.
The brothers chose to die as they had lived, together. Why? What was it like in their world before that dreadful Saturday when the light turned to dark?
Citing the Daily Beast, the light may have been gone for a long time before the world saw it leave. The brothers struggled with depression, together it seems. Today, the Daily Beast also reports that one of the brothers had possibly received a cancer diagnosis. This is the motive for their suicide pact. Neither wished to outlive the other.
Ms. Smith stated, “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.”
It seems a stroke of poetry in the midst of tragedy that they should return to their childhoods in the end. Daily Beast quoted Billy’s partner, Kristina, as stating the following:
“Joe, I tried telling you during our phone calls many times; I said wait for time to heal you. I wish I could have done more for you both. May you both get the best beds in heaven. Bill, please, please, please be happy now.”
We hope for the brothers’ sakes and for the sake of their families that they have found the peace they were looking for.
Billy Welch, a spokesperson for the British Roma community, stated, “This tragedy should be a wake-up call about the high suicide rates among the traveling community. Life can be very difficult for Romani people and travelers, and they often suffer in silence.”