DEAD: Chang and Eng


Chang and Eng Bunker (aged 62)
-Thai-American conjoined twin brothers

Chang and Eng Bunker (May 11, 1811 – January 17, 1874) were Siamese-American conjoined twin brothers whose fame propelled the expression “Siamese twins”, which they coined to refer to themselves, to become synonymous for conjoined twins in general. They were “two of the nineteenth century’s most studied human beings”.

DEATH: The story of their death goes that early in the morning of January 17, one of Eng’s sons checked on the sleeping twins. “Uncle Chang is dead,” the boy said to Eng, who responded, “Then I am going!” The family doctor was quickly sent for but soon Eng died, just over two hours after his brother’s death. As of 2012, the Bunkers have the longest lifespan (62 years) of conjoined twins in history. Eng was remembered as a caring supporter of his brother, especially during their final years, when Chang developed illnesses. After their death, their good friend Jesse Franklin Graves recalled, “[Eng’s] kindness was received with the warmest appreciation by Chang, whose disposition was very different from the morose, ill nature so falsely ascribed to him [by the press].”


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