It’s been revealed by a family member that My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding star Joe Smith, who died alongside his brother Billy on the weekend, had been given the all-clear following a cancer diagnosis.
The 32-year-old twin brothers, who appeared in the show’s third series alongside Paddy Doherty, were found on Saturday morning in a quiet country lane in Sevenoaks, Kent. A cause of death is yet to be confirmed but it’s believed they died by suicide.
Over the weekend their cousin, Phoebe Charleen Smith, broke her silence to reveal to The Telegraph the family had concerns about Billy and Joe in the weeks leading up to their death and that, according to Phoebe, Joey had been diagnosed with cancer recently and his brother Billy allegedly struggled to cope with the news.
After revealing she was told he had been given the all-clear following the diagnosis, she questioned whether that was true following their deaths.
However, now another family member has claimed to The Sun that they found a letter that confirmed Joe no longer had cancer.
She told the website: ‘He was waiting for a letter to see if it had come back or if he had the all-clear. They told the family it was all clear but they thought maybe he was lying to not hurt them.
‘They have since found the letter and he did have the all-clear.
‘No one can get their heads around it.’
According to the family member, they now have ‘questions that are never going to be answered’, calling it a ‘torment’.
Police say their deaths are not being treated as suspicious.
Paddy Doherty, who appeared with them on the TV show, posted a tribute on Facebook, saying ‘RIP boys’.
He uploaded a video saying: ‘Two good looking boys, God bless their souls… That’s a terrible, terrible tragedy…
‘There’s always worse than yourself… Pray for the boys’ family, the boys’ mother and father, help them be strong and get through this.
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‘I’m very very sorry for your troubles. Anyone watching this please say a prayer for those left behind…
‘May God look after them… They are two angels… They’re in the kingdom of heaven walking on gold.’
Bill and Joe were part of the third series of the programme, when they were working as gardeners aged 24.
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