30 December 2019 10:35
Image copyright Family handout Image caption Billy and Joe were described as stars who "belong in the sky" Tributes have been paid to twin brothers found dead together who had appeared on Channel 4 reality TV show My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. Billy and Joe Smith, aged 32, who took part in a 2014 episode, are understood to have taken their own lives near Sevenoaks, Kent, on Saturday. A Facebook page set up in their memory has 3,000 followers, and hundreds have posted personal tributes to the pair. Family member Carla Rumsey, who set up the Facebook page, said the pair were "such big characters" who were greatly loved and who "lived for each other and their family". Cousin to the pair, Pheobe Charleen Smith also took to Facebook, calling the men "stars" and saying " the stars belong in the sky".
She said they were "more like brothers" than cousins to her, and called them her inspirations, and the strongest people she knew. Paddy Doherty, one of the stars of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, posted a video tribute, saying the deaths of the "two good looking boys" were a "terrible tragedy". Kent Police said the twins' deaths were not being treated as suspicious and officers were preparing a file for the coroner. Billy and Joe's bodies were found on Saturday in Kent woodland (Picture: Channel 4) The twin brothers who starred in My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding and were found dead this weekend, are said to have died in a suspected 'suicide pact'. Billy and Joe Smith, 32, who appeared in the show's third series alongside Paddy Doherty, were found on Saturday morning in a quiet country lane in Sevenoaks, Kent.
They're in the kingdom of heaven walking on gold.' Billy and Joe were described as Romani Gypsies when they appeared on the show at the age of 24. MORE: Twins found dead 'in joint suicide' were My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding stars MORE: Paddy Doherty pays tribute to My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding star twins found dead in suspected suicide TWIN brothers who starred in Big Fat Gypsy Wedding tragically died in a suicide pact after a devastating cancer diagnosis - having vowed they couldn't live without each other, their family said today. Billy and Joe Smith, both 32, had been battling depression before their heartbroken uncle found them in a tree in woodland, close to a farm, in rural Kent on Saturday morning. 11 Twins Billy and Joe Smith were tragically found dead in Kent on Saturday 11 The My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding brothers had been battling depression, family has claimed Credit: Facebook 11 Tributes have poured in for the brothers Credit: Channel 4 11 The bodies of twin brothers were found together in a country lane on Saturday in Sevenoaks, Kent Credit: Nick Obank - The Sun Since the tragedy, family of the twin brothers said Joey had been fighting cancer, with the pair having vowed to stay together until the end. The family of the Big Fat Gypsy Wedding stars also claimed that a note was found by the pair's body, saying they "wanted it like this". Phoebe Charleen Smith, a cousin, told the Telegraph: "Joey had cancer, and Billy told him 'I'd never be able to live without you'. "Joey told the family he got the all-clear after chemo two months ago, but we don't know if that's true now. It said that they wanted it like this, and we would find them in the woods where they played with the family years ago." Family members said they had previously flagged concerns the pair were struggling with depression. But friends and family have been left reeling by the deaths, with police closing the lane in an isolated area of Sevenoaks, Kent, following the incident. 11 Their family had previously expressed concern for the pair, say reports 11 Tributes have now been paid to the popular pair Credit: Channel 4 11 Big Brother and Gypsy Wedding star Paddy Doherty called the boys angels in a tribute video Credit: Enterprise News and Pictures Among tributes paid to the twins, Billy's partner Kristina Delaney, from Cheltenham, wrote on Facebook: "Hardest day of my life. Big Brother and Gypsy Wedding star Paddy Doherty also paid tribute and posted a video calling the brothers "angels". They're in the kingdom of heaven walking on gold." MOST READ IN NEWS Breaking RAPE LIAR Brit girl, 19, GUILTY of lying that she was gang raped by 12 men in Ayia Napa TV TWINS DEAD Twins found dead in 'joint suicide' named as My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding stars Exclusive 'HE'S A PSYCHO' John Terry's dad nicked after screaming late-night bust-up with girlfriend XMAS WISH Homeless mum's four kids asked Santa for a home after sofa-surfing for a year FLAKE DISTRICT Fury as Lake District boss claims area is 'too white' & not 'diverse' enough A Kent Police spokesman said: "Inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the deaths are ongoing but they are not currently being treated as suspicious. An inquest into the deaths is likely to be held in the New Year. 11 It followed the everyday lives of Britain's travelling community Credit: Channel 4 11 The 32-year-old men were discovered in a tree, close to a farm, shortly before midday Credit: Nick Obank - The Sun 11 Their family had previously expressed concern for the pair Credit: Nick Obank - The Sun