Oldest-Ever Conjoined Male Twins, Ronnie And Donnie Galyon, Die At 68

    (NY DAILY NEWS) – The world’s oldest ever conjoined male twins have died.

    Ronnie and Donnie Galyon, who in 2014 set the record, died Saturday at 68, Guinness World Records reported Tuesday, pointing to “a decline in their health over the last 10 years.”

    They succumbed to congestive heart failure, The Associated Press reports.

    The two, from Beavercreek, Ohio — about 10 miles southeast of Dayton — were born in 1951, joined at the abdomen. They remained that way their entire lives because of the projected “high-risk” of separating them.

    “Although many thought of them as a pair, they were actually very different in nature, one being easy going, the other being temperamental — even sharing a difference in opinion in terms of politics,” said Guinness.

    The two even stood at different heights, with Ronnie at 5 feet, 8 inches and Donnie at 5 feet, 5 inches.

    The Galyon twins were featured on a 1998 episode of “Guinness World Records Primetime.” Prior to their 1991 retirement, the two took part in circuses, as well as traveling side-shows and carnivals from the time they were young.

    Their money supported the family for a long time, their younger brother, Jim, told AP.

    In their later years, the record-breaking duo moved in with Jim and his wife Mary, and due to their dwindling health, required a custom two-person wheelchair.

    Over 200 locals volunteered to work on the addition to Jim’s home to accommodate the twins, Dayton Daily News reported in 2010. The duo’s arthritis made it hazardous for them to live on their own.

    Thanks to the renovation, the two would have room to more easily get around, instead of being relegated to sitting on the floor as they often did, Jim said at the time.

    Ronnie and Donnie will also be buried in a custom casket in a funeral scheduled for next week,

    “They made 68, and they couldn’t ask for anything more,” Jim told AP. “Their bodies were tired and it was time.”

    After turning 63 in 2014, Ronnie and Donnie officially became the oldest conjoined twins living (male) and oldest conjoined twins ever (male), surpassing their heroes, Chang and Eng Bunker.

    The Bunker twins died in 1874 at the age of 62 years and 251 days.

    Giacomo and Giovanni Battista Tocci were widely reported to have also hit age 63, and the Galyons even surpassed them.