Patricia and Joan Miller, the twins who were thrown into the media spotlight after their deaths for the search of living relatives, died of natural causes.
The 73-year-old sisters, who lived together in South Lake Tahoe for about 40 years, died unexpectedly in February. A press release from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office stated that, according to a pathology report completed on Aug. 30 and evidence found in the household, Patricia Miller died of coronary artery disease and Joan Miller, who had relied heavily on the care of her sister, of “probable environmental hypothermia.”
The pair were once entertainers and regularly appeared on a 1950s television show “The Hoffman Hayride.” They also regularly entertained troops at military bases. Their parents were heavily involved in their entertainment business, with their mother playing piano for them.
The sisters, who never married, were originally from Portland. They caught national attention on their death, searching for next of kin. Cousins were later found in both San Francisco and Portland.