Twin Franciscan friars, who were by each other's side almost all the time from the time of their births, have died within hours of each other, a local media report stated. The twin brothers, born in Buffalo, have gone to school together, traveled and joined the Franciscan together too.

Julian and Adrian Riester died of heart failure in Florida, where they lived lived since moving from New York state in 2008. They spent much of their lives at St Bonaventure University in New York, reported the local media.

It really is almost a poetic ending to the remarkable story of their lives, said St Bonaventure spokesman Tom Missel.

Stunning when you hear it, but hardly surprising given that they did almost everything together, Mr Missel was quoted as saying by Associated Press (AP).

The brothers were 92 years old.

Gaining a reputation as handymen who could fix anything, they worked as carpenters and gardeners at St Bonaventure.

The twins,originally named Jerome and Irving, never said who was born first. Upon joining the Franciscan order in their 20s, they took the names of saints, the report stated.

They had this intimate bond, in which neither was selfish at all, their cousin, Michael Riester, told the Buffalo News.