My Big Fat Gyspy Wedding twins’ last night by campfire before taking own lives

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Twins who starred in My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding spent their final night together before taking their own lives, an inquest heard.

The siblings, Billy and Joey Smith spent their tragic last night around a campfire and "they just wanted to be together," said detective Sergeant Nicola Mullins, of Kent Police.

Three days after Christmas the 32-year-old brothers' bodies were discovered in the woods on the outskirts of Sevenoaks, Kent.

Billy and Joey spent their childhood playing in the area, off a remote country bridle way, reports Mirror Online.

Detective Mullins said: "Both appeared to be struggling with their mental health.

"One did not want to leave the other behind."

Uncle Phinemore Smith made the discovery shortly before midday on December 28 and called police after he was sent a suicide note.

The letter had also been sent to nan Phoebe by post at least one day before.

The note read: "We have decided to leave this life behind us. You will find us in the woods by granny's where we used to have fires.

"Take care. We are right where we want to be."

A post-mortem on January 3 gave their cause of death as suspension.

DS Mullins said the pair who worked as tree surgeons had enjoyed "a final evening together".

An empty bottle of Jack Daniels with two glasses was found next to two chairs and a camp fire which was still smouldering.

Two knifes had been stabbed into a tree with their initials and "2020" marked into the bark.

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Officers found a picture of the pair, a note to sister Leah relating to property and both of their driving licences inside Billy's pocket.

Billy and Joey, who were born in Lewisham, south east London, had only turned 32 on December 16.

They were identified by their aunt Phoebe Smith at Tunbridge Wells Hospital on January 6.

Billy's GP Dr Greenwood said he had been prescribed antidepressants to deal with his anxiety and depression from December 2017.

He was also offered cognitive behaviour therapy after saying he "didn't see the point of existence" and stating twin Joey and nan Phoebe as his only close family without having "any real friends".

Billy had been living with his nan for two months and used her medication to treat his insufferable lower back pain.

But when assessed on December 10, he was deemed "not to be of immediate risk of suicide" as he "would not want to hurt or distress his twin brother".

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Billy told of plans to end his own life at the age of 40 by hanging himself and said "he would just do it as his mind had been made up".

He even described every day as "a battle" in text messages and said he and Joey had previously planned to take their own lives but his twin brother had pulled out.

Joey, who had been diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2018 and expressed fears to loved ones over this despite receiving the all clear, also suffered from mental health issues.

His marriage ended shortly before he took his own life – something he found "difficult to deal with" claiming he had "no reason to carry on".

Father-of-two Joey's wife Charmaine, 29, who married in 2014, attended the inquest via video link with aunt Phoebe Smith and cousins Carol, Sarah and Phoebe Smith all present in person at the hearing held at County Hall in Maidstone, Kent.

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Coroner Alan Blunsdon, who recorded a conclusion of suicide, said: "The protective factor for each of these twins was each other, stopping the other from harming themselves even though they both had suicidal thoughts.

"It is a tragic and sad story of these young men coming to the decision that there was nothing left to live for."

After the tragedy, members of the Romani gypsies' family said Billy and Joey "came into this world together and went into the next together".

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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