Record-breaking oldest-ever conjoined twins Ronnie and Donnie die aged 68

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The oldest living set of conjoined twins died earlier today at a hospice, aged 68, it has been confirmed.

Twins Ronnie and Donnie Galyon passed away at the Dayton, in the state of Ohio, on the morning of Independence Day – a major holiday in the US.

Their deaths were confirmed by their brother Jim.

Jim’s brothers lived with him and his wife Mary in Beavercreek for 10 years in order for them to care for the twins.

Back in 2010, 200 volunteers from the area helped builders put in an extension onto Jim’s home in order to help the twins live more comfortably.

Record-breaking oldest-ever conjoined twins Ronnie and Donnie die aged 68
Ronnie and Donnie held the world record for oldest conjoined twins

Both the twins suffered from arthritis and it became unsafe for them to live in their previous home in Dayton.

Jim said: “I am grateful to the community for what they did to help Ronnie and Donnie move into their house. This allowed them to live with their family for the last 10 years.”

John Harkleroad, the project manager for the extension, said in 2010: “It’s been inspiring to see how many hundreds of people have stepped up the plate and donated materials. I’ve seen the best part of humanity.”

The twins tragically passed away on July 4

The Galyon twins, who were joined together at the abdomen, surpassed the lives of Chang and Eng Bunker, the first known conjoined twins.

They became the oldest living conjoined twins in 2014, and was a huge event for the pair.

The twins would constantly remind and tell others about the milestone and marked their calendar off everyday.

The twins dreamed of breaking the record since they were children

That year they surpassed previous record-holders Giacomo and Giovanni Battista Tocci.

Ronnie said the year they set the record: “It’s what me and Donnie’s always dreamed about, and we hope to get the ring, because we’ve dreamed about getting this since we were kids.”

Local media said the twins were “a special part of the Beavercreek community”.


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