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Recluse found dead actually secret millionaire

Recluse Found Dead Actually Secret Millionaire

A man who was found dead outside of his battered New York home had the appearance of a hermit - but he was worth millions. George Konnight, 79, kept to himself after his sister died, and police say he lived a very simple life.

His house would appear abandoned to most people: It had just one working light and was without plumbing or heat. This is surprising to many, as Konnight banked $3 million from selling about 30 acres of land last November.

It's unclear what caused his death, but a lawyer who worked with Konnight's family for 15 years told The Journal News they owned as many as 200 acres and Konnight and his sisters lived in the home since they were kids. They mostly sold portions of the land to support themselves.

Detectives believe Konnight died of a medical condition. The Rockland Medical Examiner's Office plans to do an autopsy. According to his lawyer, the $3 million will be donated to charity.

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pty014372 July 03 2014 at 7:55 AM

Really kind of revolting that AOL would like pictures of rich celebrities to this man's story. I think it's safe to say he would not have appreciated it.

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patriot1too July 03 2014 at 7:11 AM

May God bless this man and give him eternal peace and rest in Heaven. God bless his family at their loss of their loved one.

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hello July 03 2014 at 6:35 AM

I`ve been wondering where you were UNCLE GEORGE!

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Carol hello July 03 2014 at 8:28 AM

Hello - That's hysterical! Thanks for the laugh. Good way to start the day ...

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brennemanbelkin hello July 03 2014 at 8:31 AM

LMAO. You beat me to it.

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Steve-a-rino July 03 2014 at 8:45 AM

Why is this surprising? Are millionaires expected to flaunt their wealth? Stories like this pop up every year. I admire people who are rich but don't have to run around telling everyone about it. Oprah take notice!

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yamel86 July 03 2014 at 7:04 AM

It'll be donated to charity AFTER the lawyers get their pay.

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bwhitedjr July 03 2014 at 9:36 AM

It's demeaning that the media is targeting how much money was found after his death instead of a story about a man that lived the way he wanted. Rest in peace George.

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Danny bwhitedjr July 03 2014 at 9:40 AM

There is no journalism in lame stream media these days. It's all about sensationalism to them. Clowns with computers,

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John bwhitedjr July 03 2014 at 12:44 PM

That is right, it is none of anyone's business, especially the media who tend to blow everything out of proportion anyway. It is sad he wanted to live as a recluse, but again that is his business. Maybe he had mental problems and chose just to be alone rather than get help.

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chefjohnp July 03 2014 at 7:42 AM

Sounds like a simple life. On the other hand it sounds rather sad. I truly hope that the man enjoyed his life. Walk with God.

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Rhody July 03 2014 at 8:38 AM

Given the state of our society I don't blame him a bit for being a recluse. Sounds appealing to me!

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Randy July 03 2014 at 8:35 AM

Any bets that after the local municipalities, the county and state of New York and the numerous ambulance chasers get done with the mans assets - there will only be about $0.14 left for the "charities?

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Diane Stearns July 03 2014 at 11:29 AM

Read or watch the news each day and I can understand why someone would choose to live the simple life in a beautiful area. Living on your own terms can be peaceful and serene.

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