The Bogdanoff brothers France’s most famous twins, known for launching the country’s first science fiction television show, have died six days apart.
The two were admitted on December 15 to the Georges Pompidou hospital in Paris and the first, Grichka, died on December 28, at the age of 72.
Although the family did not want to comment on the cause, their environment had assured the press that neither of them was vaccinated against the coronavirus and when Grichka died, after several days in a coma, they attributed his death to the COVID-19.
According to the BFM TV network, they weren’t anti-vaccines, but they felt they were in good physical shape and that they were not part of the group to be immunized.
The twins, descendants of the Austrian aristocracy, rose to fame in France as hosts of the science fiction program ‘Temps X’, aired from 1979 to 1987.
Igor and Grichka, who on that broadcast wore striking silver overalls, were also recognized for their particular face, with its prominent chin and cheekbones. Despite the obvious transformation of their face over the years, both had denied having resorted to cosmetic surgery or suffering from acromegaly.
They were doctors in Physics and Mathematics, writers and leading figures in popular science for the general public, although part of the scientific community had criticized their work and considered that it had little value.
The twins were also at the helm of ‘Rayons X’, from 2002 to 2007, and of ‘À deux pas du futur’, between 2010 and 2011, and defended themselves from criticism claiming that some experts were unable to accept a point of view atypical.
In June 2018, they were charged with fraud against a vulnerable person, suspected of having taken advantage of the vulnerability of a 54-year-old millionaire that he committed suicide in August of that year, and the trial before the Paris Correctional Court was scheduled for this January, according to the newspaper Le Monde.
Meanwhile, France registered a new record of daily infections on Tuesday with 271,686, while hospitalizations and admissions to intensive care units also increased, but at a much lower level than previous waves.
These statistics highlight what has already been observed in recent weeks: with omicron, which is already the majority in France since the end of December, infections have accelerated, but the severity of the disease is less than with previous variants and the pressure in hospitals it does not rise at the same rate. Just over 53 million people (78.6% of the population) have received at least one injection, and 51.8 million (76.9%) have the full dose.
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