World’s oldest conjoined twins, Lori and George Schappell, die at age 62 in Pennsylvania

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The world's oldest conjoined twins have died at age 62. Guinness World Records confirmed the deaths in an announcement Friday.

Lori Schappell and George Schappell, 62, passed away on April 7 at the University of Pennsylvania hospital, according to their obituaries provided online by the Leibensperger Funeral Homes.

Born on Sept. 18, 1961, Lori and George had partially fused skulls. The two shared vital blood vessels and 30% of their brains, Guinness World Records stated.

On Oct. 18, 2023, the twins claimed the crown for the world's oldest twins.

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Remembering Lori and George Schappell

Starting their lives of independence, the twins moved out of their parents' home when they were 24 years old. The twins had very different lives and interests. George had a career as a country singer and had many performances throughout the United States. Lori enjoyed spending time at the bowling alley and became a trophy-winning bowler, according to their obituaries.

According to the announcement from Guinness World Records, "The twins lived independently in a two-bedroom apartment in Pennsylvania. They each had their own room – alternating nights spent in each one – and tried to live their own individual lives as far as possible."

The twins cared about others and often participated in the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon.

Lori and George are survived by their father, six siblings, several nieces and nephews and a host of other family members and friends.

Ahjané Forbes is a reporter on the National Trending Team at USA TODAY. Ahjané covers breaking news, car recalls, crime, health, lottery and public policy stories. Email her at Follow her on InstagramThreads and X @forbesfineest.

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