Eccentric French TV star twins BOTH die of Covid within a week aged 72 

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Eccentric French TV star twins who shot to fame because the hosts of a Nineteen Eighties science collection and have become notorious for his or her shared love of cosmetic surgery have each died of Covid within a week of one another. They had been 72 years previous. 

Igor Bogdanoff died of coronavirus at a hospital in Paris on Monday afternoon, six days after his twin brother Grichka handed away on the similar hospital, additionally from Covid. The pair had been admitted to intensive care on December 15.

Despite being the faces of well-liked science for a technology of French TV viewers, it has since emerged that neither twin was vaccinated in opposition to the virus after refusing to get their pictures.

Luc Ferry, a buddy of each Igor and Grichka, stated he warned them ‘fifty instances’ to get vaccinated however each of them refused – insisting that they ‘by no means received sick’ and the vaccine was worse than the sickness. 

Speaking after the demise of Grichka however earlier than Igor handed away, Ferry insisted the twins weren’t ‘anti-vaxx’ within the sense that they did not consider vaccines labored, however believed they personally didn’t have to take them. 

Igor and Grichka (pictured left and proper) had been 72 and recognized for his or her ecletic personalities and clothes, storytelling, tv internet hosting and cosmetic surgery

The twin brothers attend a DJ set on the VIP Room in Saint Tropez in August 2013  (pictured)

‘I informed [Grichka] it was grotesque. How loopy they had been,’ Ferry informed Le Parisien final week. ‘Being very athletic, with out a gram of fats, they believed that the vaccine was extra harmful because the virus.

‘What stupidity, however what stupidity! Grichka was an out of the world, singular character, something however a villain.’

Ferry revealed the one small mercy was that Igor was unaware of Grichka’s demise – information that might have left him devastated – as a result of he was in a coma. 

The twins had been descendants of the Aristocracy – on their mom’s aspect from the Kolowrat household of Bohemia and on their father’s aspect from a noble Muslim Tatar household who had been granted honorary royal standing by Tsar Fedor III of Russia.

Their father’s household didn’t use the honorary ‘Prince Bogdanoff’ title, nevertheless, and it was dropped lengthy earlier than they had been born, whereas their maternal grandmother was stripped of her titles after an affair with an African American man.

Countess Bertha Kolowrat-Krakowská forfeited her societal standing, entry to her 4 elder youngsters, and houses in Berlin and Prague after her affair with Roland Hayes – the primary Black American to achieve worldwide fame as a classical musician – was uncovered because of the start of a daughter, the twins’ mom.

Igor and Grichka had been born in 1949 in a citadel in Gascogne, southern France, the place they had been raised by Bertha – who died in 1982.

The brothers studied utilized arithmetic on the Institute of Political Science and the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris earlier than discovering a area of interest for themselves as writers and hosts of science present Temps X on France’s oldest TV channel, TF1.

Set inside a mocked-up spaceship and that includes the brothers dressed as astronauts, the present turned massively well-liked by mixing information of precise scientific discoveries with screenings of well-liked sci-fi exhibits akin to Dr Who, The Prisoner and The Twilight Zone.

The present launched in 1979 and remained on-air till 1987, by which period the Bogdanoff twins had develop into family names.

After the present went off air the twins tried to capitalise on their fame by turning into scientists, however had been dogged by controversy and claims of plagiarism. 

Pictured: The males starring in well-liked French sci-fi present Temps X 

The brothers smile of their youthful years on French tv (pictured)

In 1991 the pair printed their first ebook, Dieu et la Science (God and Science), which turned a bestseller in France however noticed them hit with a lawsuit by an American educational who accused them of copying his work. The pair settled out of courtroom.

Then, in 1993, the Bogdanoffs began working in direction of doctorates which they had been ultimately granted with the bottom passing grade after publishing 5 articles in peer-reviewed journals and defending their theses.

But their work was roundly criticised in subsequent years, dismissed by one educational as little greater than a assortment of ‘meaningless buzzwords’ that had little scientific worth.

Interviewed in 2002 by the New York Times, one of their advisers stated that educating them science was like ‘educating My Fair Lady to talk with an Oxford accent.’

The scandal, dubbed ‘the Bogdanoff affair’, ended with a report which admitted the twins’ theses ‘held no scientific worth’. Nevertheless, their diplomas had been allowed to face.

Around the identical time, the pair developed an obsession with cosmetic surgery and every underwent a number of operations on their face.  

When they appeared on the purple carpet in 2010 aged 60 for a one hundred and fiftieth anniversary Chopard celebration, folks had been shocked by their look. 

They had been each understood to have had a quantity of chin and cheek implants, in addition to botox and fillers.

Their stretched faces echoed the look of socialite Jocelyn Wildenstein, and one Australian newspaper described them has having cheekbones ‘so excessive and bulbous as to seem to threaten their house owners’ imaginative and prescient.’

Despite apparent proof on the contrary, the pair denied ever going underneath the knife. 

But the brothers (pictured) had been concerned in a 2001 scandal referred to as the ‘Bogdanoff Affair’, the place papers penned by the brothers in regards to the Big Bang featured in peer-reviewed scientfic journals

In latest years, the Bogdanoffs discovered fame amongst web customers for his or her more and more outlandish claims that had been mocked and turned them into a meme.

Among the claims had been that the twins had helped write the supply code for Bitcoin and that Satoshi Nakamoto – the nameless determine usually credited with inventing the cryptocurrency – had gifted them two ‘historical’ Bitcoin ‘in bodily type’.

Last year, the twins had been concerned in yet one more controversy once they had been accused of ‘swindling’ a 53-year-old French millionaire affected by biploar dysfunction – recognized solely as Cyrille P – out of a whole bunch of hundreds of euros.

The Bogdanoffs had been accused, amongst different issues, of convincing the millionaire to entrance up money for a revival of Temps X.

Prosecutors stated the plans quantity to little greater than a deception to get money from Cyrille, which they in comparison with ‘a goose who lays golden eggs’.

The case was due for trial in January this year, however it’s unclear if the prosecution will no go forward. Four folks had been additionally accused alongside the 2 brothers.   

Igor Bogdanoff had six youngsters, 4 from his first marriage and married his second spouse Amelie de Bourbon-Parme in 2009.

He had two sons along with his second spouse whom he divorced in May 2018.

Little was recognized about Grichka’s personal life however he had no recognized relationships or chldren.

The pair had most just lately appeared on the French Masked Singer in 2020 and been influential personalities within the bitcoin business.

Pictured: The finest awards gala in Paris in 2018

The pair (pictured left and proper) had most just lately appeared on the French Masked Singer in 2020 and been influential personalities within the bitcoin business

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