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My Big Fat Gyspy Wedding suicide pact twins, 32, laid to rest in emotional funeral


TRAGIC twins who appeared on My Big Fat Gyspy Wedding are being laid to rest together after they were found hanged side-by-side in a suicide pact.

Billy and Joey Smith left relatives a note for relatives before they were discovered dead in woods they used to play in as kids three days after Christmas.

 Billy Smith's coffin is driven through Sevenoaks this morning11

Billy Smith’s coffin is driven through Sevenoaks this morningCredit: London News Pictures
 He will be buried with brother Joey11

He will be buried with brother JoeyCredit: London News Pictures
 White horses carry the coffins

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White horses carry the coffinsCredit: London News Pictures
 Billy and Joey Smith were found dead at the end of last year by family

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Billy and Joey Smith were found dead at the end of last year by familyCredit: Rex Features

Hundreds of people are lining the streets today to pay tribute to the popular brothers, who had just turned 32.

They will be laid to rest at Greatness Cemetery after a public service at at St John the Baptist Church at 11am in Sevenoaks, Kent.

The funeral procession made its way through the town this morning so mourners could pay their respects.

Marred dad-of-two Joey had been suffering from cancer months before their deaths, but had been given the all-clear.

 The order of service for the two brothers11

The order of service for the two brothersCredit: PA:Press Association

The pair vanished on December 28 after leaving a note for loved ones saying they “wanted it like this”.

It also reportedly told relatives “would find them in the woods where they played with the family years ago”.

They were later discovered hanging side-by-side, with a cause of death given as suspension.

Billy and Joey appeared on Channel 4 reality shows My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, and My Big Fat Gypsy Holiday in 2013.

One episode followed them during a gardening shift in Kent, where they discussed the traveller lifestyle before getting married.

YOU’RE NOT ALONE

EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.

It doesn’t discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.

It’s the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.

And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.

Yet it’s rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.

That is why The Sun launched the You’re Not Alone campaign.

The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.

Let’s all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You’re Not Alone.

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Paddy Doherty paid tribute to the brothers, saying he understood the toll cancer could take after his own prostate cancer battle.

He said: “I suffered with depression once upon a time, I know what it’s like and I’m not ashamed to say it.

“When I found out I had prostate (cancer), my head messed up big time.

“No one knows it until you’re in that situation.”

A Facebook page set up in memory of Billy and Joe has more than 4,000 “likes”, with tributes posted from family and friends.

One post on it reads: “RIP Billy and Joe two twin brothers came into this world together and went into the next together…

“This is a memorial page to help the family through their grief, and so everyone can look at the Bill and Joe we all knew and loved x.”

 Joey had been suffering from cancer months before the twins' deaths, but had recently been given the all-clear
Joey had been suffering from cancer months before the twins’ deaths, but had recently been given the all-clear
 They featured in the third series of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding and were filmed in Tenerife

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They featured in the third series of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding and were filmed in Tenerife
 A note left for relatives said they would find the pair in woods they used to play in as kids

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A note left for relatives said they would find the pair in woods they used to play in as kids
 The bodies of the twin brothers were found together in a country lane in December in Sevenoaks, Kent

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The bodies of the twin brothers were found together in a country lane in December in Sevenoaks, KentCredit: Nick Obank – The Sun
 Billy and Joey Smith alongside their grandmother and posing for a picture

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Billy and Joey Smith alongside their grandmother and posing for a pictureCredit: PA:Press Association
 My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding star Paddy Doherty paid tribute to the twins and called them 'angels'

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My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding star Paddy Doherty paid tribute to the twins and called them ‘angels’Credit: Enterprise News and Pictures
Twin brothers Billy and Joe Smith appear on My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding


  • IF you are having suicidal thoughts, suffering from anxiety or depression or just want to talk, call The Samaritans on 116 123.



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