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Published on April 15, 2024
Philadelphia Mourns Loss of World's Oldest Conjoined Twins, Lori and George Schappell, at 62Source: Getty Images / Jason Kempin

Lori and George Schappell, known for holding the world record as the oldest living conjoined twins, died on April 7th at the age of 62, in Philadelphia's Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Born in West Reading, Pennsylvania on September 18, 1961, they surpassed the previous longevity record for female-born conjoined twins by nine years, CBS News Philadelphia reported.

According to USA Today, Lori and George, who had partially fused skulls and shared important blood vessels, and 30% of their brain tissue, officially gained the title of the world's oldest conjoined twins on October 18, 2023. Despite their unique condition, each led distinct lives while joined at the head as craniopagus twins.

Both twins graduated from public high school and took college classes together. While Lori worked in a hospital laundry for six years, George, who had spina bifida, focused on a country music career after Lori gave up her job in 1996. George, who identified as transgender in 2007, initially used the name Reba, inspired by the country artist Reba McEntire. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported a poignant detail of their personal lives, "When I went on dates," Lori told AP News, "George would bring along books to read," which illustrates the intimate world the siblings shared and their ability to navigate personal boundaries.

It is now uncertain, who will inherit the title of the world's oldest conjoined twins after their passing. The previous record holders were Ronnie and Donnie Galyon, who passed away in 2020 at age 68. The Schappell twins leave behind their father and six siblings. Private funeral services are planned, and a funeral home has been selected to handle the arrangements.