Ronnie and Donnie Gaylon Wiki, Biography, Age, Family, Cause of Death

Who were Ronnie and Donnie Gaylon? Wiki, Biography, Age, Family, Cause of Death, More Facts

Ronnie and Donnie Gaylon Wiki – Biography

The world’s oldest conjoined twins – who spent their whole lives face-to-face and worked on the carnival circuit to support their family – have died.

Record-breakers Ronnie and Donnie Gaylon passed away in a hospice in their hometown of Dayton, Ohio on July 4.

Born on October 28, 1951, Ronnie and Donnie – who are joined at the sternum and the abdomen, with one set of lower digestive organs – spent the first two years of their lives in hospital.

At three, they joined King of the Sideshow Ward Hall’s infamous ‘World of Wonders’ carnival tour, billed as ‘Gaylon Siamese twins’ as a way of helping support their parents’ nine kids and paying off medical bills.

They remained on the circuit until 1991 – with their act largely consisting of sitting around in a trailer and watching TV while customers paid to watch from the window.

Their whole lives in sync, they had to work together to complete everyday tasks, initially being trained by occupational therapists.

However, the twins did not receive any formal education, with local schools deeming them too much of a distraction for the other children.

According to some reports, their mother Eileen never accepted them, but they found a close community among the other sideshow performers.

As times changed in the US into the 1970s, carnival acts were shifted to the wayside and the twins instead moved to Central and South America where they became “like rock stars”.

They never married and always maintained they had remained best friends throughout – despite many physical fights during their teens.

Ronnie and Donnie Gaylon Ages

Ronnie and Donnie Gaylon have died aged 68.

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Cause of Death

Ronnie and Donnie Gaylon became the longest surviving conjoined twins in 2014 and were part of King of the Sideshow Ward Hall’s infamous ‘World of Wonders’ carnival tour for many years.

The world’s oldest conjoined twins – who spent their whole lives face-to-face and worked on the carnival circuit to support their family – have died aged 68.

Record-breakers Ronnie and Donnie Gaylon passed away in a hospice in their hometown of Dayton, Ohio on July 4.

In 2009 Ronnie was diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs due to a viral infection, which also infected Donnie, leaving the brothers weak.

They also suffered from debilitating arthritis.

Younger brother Jim became their full-time carer in their later years, with the community of Dayton even concocting them a specialized home.

In 2014, they became the oldest living conjoined twins in the Guinness Book of World Records, overtaking Chinese brothers Chang and Eng Bunker who died at 62.

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