TV twins Grichka and Igor Bogdanoff die of Covid just six days apart
France’s most famous twins, the Bogdanoff brothers, both died after catching the coronavirus.
Grichka died of complications from Covid-19 on December 28, and his brother, Igor, died six days later on Monday, January 3.
Neither sibling had been vaccinated and were rushed to hospital in December.
The Saint-Lary-born, Austrian-born duo shot to fame in the late 1970s after hosting a hit science-fiction television series called “Temps X.”
They presented French audiences with several very popular British and American series, including “The Twilight Zone”, “The Prisoner”, “Star Trek”, “Battlestar Galactica” and “Doctor Who”.
After several years in the television spotlight, the twins began making noticeable changes to their faces in the 1990s using plastic surgery.
They are now recognized around the world for their extreme facial features, including protruding chins and dramatically puffy lips and cheeks, after claiming in 2010: “We are proud to have faces like aliens”.
After their career in science fiction, the Bogdanoffs turned to academic physics, composing a handful of scientific journals centered on mathematics and theoretical physics.
According to a number of those close to them, they firmly believed that their “healthy lifestyle” would protect them from the virus, however, their lawyer Edouard de Lamaze confirmed that it was the cause of death.
Pierre-Jean Chalençon, who was a family friend of the 72-year-old couple, confirmed that the couple were not ‘anti-vaccines’: “Several friends told them to get vaccinated but they felt because of their way of life and their [lack of] comorbidity, they were not at risk of Covid.”
Another friend of the TV twins and former Minister of National Education in France, Luc Ferry, also explained his understanding of their reasoning for not having received the Covid-19 vaccine.
He told Le Parisien newspaper: “Like Igor, Grichka was not antivax, he was just antivax to himself.
“They were both athletic, without an inch of fat, and they thought the vaccine was more dangerous than the virus.”
Igor Bogdanoff leaves behind six children, four from his first marriage and two from his second wife, Amélie de Bourbon-Parme.
Grinchka’s private life has remained largely in the spotlight, but he has no known relationships or children.
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