The World’s Oldest Conjoined Twins, Ronnie And Donnie Galyon, Have Died At 68

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  • The world’s oldest conjoined twins have died.  
  • Their names were Ronnie and Donnie Galyon. 
  • They were 68 years old. 

 

Ronnie and Donnie Galyon, the world’s oldest conjoined twins have died. They were 68 years old and presumably died of natural causes. Conjoined twins are very rare. It is even rarer that conjoined twins would live past birth, or live well into their 60s. They truly defied the odds!

Ronnie and Donnie are from Ohio. They were born on October 25, 1951, and were joined together at the abdomen. It was too dangerous to separate them, due to where they were conjoined. So, they lived their lives together. That doesn’t mean they were exactly alike!

The world’s oldest conjoined twins, Ronnie and Donnie Galyon died on July 4th

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Ronnie and Donnie Galyon, Galyon Siamese Twins. Born in 1951 in Dayton, Ohio. The Galyon twins spent the first two years of their lives in the hospital while their parents and doctors weighed the risks for separating them. Their parents eventually decided against it and, despite being offered separation procedures numerous times throughout their lives, Ronnie and Donnie agreed with the decision their parents made and never took anyone up on it. They began exhibiting at age 4 and went on to appear at various single-o shows in the U.S. and then tour South and Central America, including with Circo Unión. They retired to Dayton, Ohio in 1991 and appeared on Jerry Springer in 1997. Ronnie and Donnie also hold the record for the longest living conjoined twins and are still alive today.

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Reportedly, they had very different personalities and even different political views. When they were young, they started working in circuses and at carnivals. The twins performed for 36 years as the “Galyon Siamese Twins” until they retired in 1991.

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Ronnie and Donnie, the oldest living set of conjoined twins, passed this morning. Rest In Peace. You both were true carnival legends. 🏅 🏅 🏅 #ronnieanddonnie #ronnieanddonniegalyon #conjoinedtwins #siamesetwins #sideshow #circus #rip #carnival #carny #carnylife #carnivallegend #sideshows #odditiesandcuriosities #wordofwonders #wardhall #worldofwonderssideshow #hallandchrist #helcathelm

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After they retired, they moved in with their brother and his wife. Soon they began experiencing health complications. Over 200 volunteers worked together to help update the home so they could live safely and comfortably there. They also received a custom wheelchair.

Ronnie and Donnie Galyon
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Then in 2014, they were officially placed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest conjoined twins. Now, reports say that on July 4, 2020, they sadly died. RIP!

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