Paris — Controversial French TV stars and well-known twins Igor and Grichka Bogdanoff had been inseparable in life, and in demise. That they had refused to be vaccinated towards the, believing their good well being would save them, however had been admitted to a hospital on the identical day final month and identified with COVID-19.
The youthful twin, Grichka, died in an intensive care unit on December 28. Igor adopted him six days in a while January 3. They had been 72.
The Bogdanoff twins had been TV stars in France within the Eighties, well-known as a lot for his or her offbeat fashionable science reveals as for his or her attractiveness, multiplied by two.
The pair had been inseparable, they usually had been out and in of the highlight for many of their grownup lives.
In 1979, they launched the primary TV present totally about science fiction, Temps X. Accused by lecturers of dumbing down science, it was that strategy that made the present so fashionable with their viewers.
They had been born on August 29, 1949 in southwest France. Descended from German and Austrian the Aristocracy, they had been raised by their grandmother, a countess.
The 2 studied utilized arithmetic earlier than taking their science to tv. They later went on to scrape simply sufficient factors to earn doctorates in physics, although there was big controversy surrounding their theses on the Huge Bang principle and on space-time hyperlinks. There have been additionally accusations of plagiarism.
An inside college investigation concluded there was no scientific worth to their work, however they had been nonetheless awarded the doctorates. One scientist known as the twins’ writing, “delightfully meaningless combos of buzzwords,” however fearful that their proof had nonetheless been taken significantly.
Later the 2 prompted hypothesis that they’d undergone beauty surgical procedure, as their outstanding cheekbones and facial options grew to become much more pronounced. They denied ever having surgical procedure. Nevertheless, in search of as at all times to take care of an air of secrecy, they stated they’d experimented with unnamed “applied sciences” to reinforce their options.
Neither brother was vaccinated towards COVID-19. Requested about it on French radio final month, Igor Bogdanoff cited the controversial French scientist Dr. Didier Raoult – the person who made hydroxychloroquine a family title. Raoult stated he had extra confidence in future vaccines than these accessible now, and Igor Bogdanoff agreed that it was higher to attend.
Former French Schooling and Analysis minister Luc Ferry was a longtime buddy of the brothers. He instructed French media he had spoken with the twins in regards to the COVID vaccines and instructed them “you are loopy” to not get it. He stated they weren’t anti-vaxxers, however didn’t wish to have the vaccines themselves, believing that their good well being and health would save them from the virus, however maybe not any unwell results of the vaccines.