Ronnie and Donnie Galyon, who broke the Guinness World Records titles for oldest conjoined twins living (male) and oldest conjoined twins ever (male) in 2014, have passed away. The brothers were 68.
On Tuesday, The Associated Press reported that the siblings died July 4 in Ohio from congestive heart failure.
“They made 68, and they couldn’t ask for anything more,” younger brother Jim Galyon said in a statement.
In 1951, Ronnie and Donnie were born joined at the abdomen. The two were never surgically separated because doctors believed the procedure would be too high-risk.
Throughout their professional career, the twins performed in sideshows, carnivals, and circuses until their retirement in 1991.
Sadly, their health began to decline in 2010. According to the Dayton Daily News, the twins suffered from arthritis, were unable to walk more than a few steps, and became dependent on a custom-made two-person wheelchair.
Fortunately, over 200 residents volunteered their services to renovate Jim’s home, allowing Ronnie and Donnie to move in and enjoy simple pleasures.
“Everyone came together to help bring my brothers into our home, which gave them 10 more years of life,” Jim said.
“Their bodies were tired and it was time,” he added about their passing.
According to Jim, a funeral for family and friends is scheduled for next week. Before their memorial, a custom casket is being built that will be big enough for both Ronnie and Donnie.