Eccentric French TV star twins who shot to fame as the hosts of a 1980s science series and became infamous for their shared love of plastic surgery have both died of Covid within a week of each other. They were 72 years old.
Igor Bogdanoff died of coronavirus at a hospital in Paris on Monday afternoon, six days after his twin brother Grichka passed away at the same hospital, also from Covid. The pair had been admitted to intensive care on December 15.
Despite being the faces of popular science for a generation of French TV viewers, it has since emerged that neither twin was vaccinated against the virus after refusing to get their shots.
Luc Ferry, a friend of both Igor and Grichka, said he warned them ‘fifty times’ to get vaccinated but both of them refused – insisting that they ‘never got sick’ and the vaccine was worse than the illness.
Speaking after the death of Grichka but before Igor passed away, Ferry insisted the twins were not ‘anti-vaxx’ in the sense that they didn’t believe vaccines worked, but believed they personally did not need to take them.
Igor and Grichka (pictured left and right) were 72 and known for their ecletic personalities and clothing, storytelling, television hosting and plastic surgery
‘I told [Grichka] it was grotesque. How crazy they were,’ Ferry told Le Parisien last week. ‘Being very athletic, without a gram of fat, they believed that the vaccine was more dangerous as the virus.
‘What stupidity, but what stupidity! Grichka was an out of the world, singular character, anything but a villain.’
Ferry revealed the only small mercy was that Igor was unaware of Grichka’s death – news that would have left him devastated – because he was in a coma.
The twin brothers were 72 and known for their eclectic clothing, eccentric personalities, storytelling, television hosting and plastic surgery.
Their enduring obsession with plastic surgery, which began in the 1990s, left them looking unrecogniseable and they were often mocked for their appearance.
They were born in Gers in 1949 and had shot to fame in the 1980s on French television, helped by their boyish good looks, Le Figaro reported.
Their star turn on the 1979 sci-fi programme Temps X was hugely popular, and ran for eight years.
In the show they donned cosmonaut outfits and imparted scientific facts.
When they appeared on the red carpet in 2010 aged 60 for a 150th anniversary Chopard party, people were shocked by their appearance.
They were both understood to have had a number of chin and cheek implants, as well as botox and fillers.
Their stretched faces echoed the look of socialite Jocelyn Wildenstein, dubbed the ‘bride of Wildenstein.’
The twin brothers attend a DJ set at the VIP Room in Saint Tropez in August 2013 (pictured)
Despite their plastic surgery obsession, which they denied having, both were well-read and intelligent, impacted by the seminars of Roland Barthes, the French essayist and access to 15,000 books in their family childhood library.
In recent years, they launched a weekly television show in 2002 called Rayon X (X Rays) on the channel France 2.
And in August 2004 they presented a special 90 minute programme on cosmotology.
Pictured: The men starring in popular French sci-fi show Temps X
But the brothers were involved in a 2001 scandal called the ‘Bogdanoff Affair’, where papers penned by the brothers about the Big Bang featured in peer-reviewed scientfic journals.
It was later discovered that the papers held no scientific value.
Igor Bogdanoff had six children, four from his first marriage and married his second wife Amelie de Bourbon-Parme in 2009.
The brothers smile in their younger years on French television (pictured)
He had two sons with his second wife whom he divorced in May 2018.
Little was known about Grichka’s personal life but he had no known relationships or chldren.
The pair had most recently appeared on the French Masked Singer in 2020 and been influential personalities in the bitcoin industry.
But the brothers (pictured) were involved in a 2001 scandal called the ‘Bogdanoff Affair’, where papers penned by the brothers about the Big Bang featured in peer-reviewed scientfic journals
Pictured: The best awards gala in Paris in 2018
The pair (pictured left and right) had most recently appeared on the French Masked Singer in 2020 and been influential personalities in the bitcoin industry