My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding brothers Billy and Joe Smith dead at 32

Billy Smith and Joe Smith.
Billy Smith and Joe Smith. Photo credit: Channel 4 / Screengrab

Twin brothers and My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding stars Billy and Joe Smith have been found dead aged 32.

The brothers starred in the popular British documentary series in 2013, which follows the lives of several Irish and Romani families as they gear up for a traditionally lavish wedding in the travelling community.

The bodies of the Smith twins were found together on Saturday (local time) in Kent, England. Local media is reporting that the men died of suspected suicide.

Fellow My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding star and Celebrity Big Brother winner, Paddy Doherty, paid tribute to Billy and Joe on Facebook.

"Two twin boys, two good looking boys. God bless their souls. That's a terrible, terrible tragedy. Pray for the boys' family, the boys' mother and father, help them be strong and get through this," he said in a video.

Billy Smith's partner, Kristina Delaney, shared a heartbreaking message on Saturday (local time).

"Hardest day of my life. RIP my perfect Bill, you were so pure so lovely. You made me the happiest girl... you always see stuff like this but you just never think it'll happen to you," she wrote, alongside a collection of pictures and videos.

"I can't believe I have to type this together struggling to speak, never mind [putting] a sentence together, I'm gonna make you so so proud my Bill, my life, my angel. 

"Joe I tried telling you [in] our phone calls many times... just wait for time to heal you. Bill please please please be happy now.

"I wish I could have done more for you both."

A police spokesperson told the Mirror Online that enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the deaths are ongoing, but they are not being treated as suspicious.

National spokesperson for Britain's Romani community, Billy Welch, said on Sunday that the deaths of the Smith twins should serve as a "wake-up call" over high rates of mental illness in the travelling community.

My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding brothers Billy and Joe Smith dead at 32
Photo credit: Channel 4 / Screengrab

"Life can be very difficult for Romani people and travellers and they often suffer in silence," he said, according to the Telegraph.

An inquest into the deaths is likely to be held next year.

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