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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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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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mhdjl chefjohnp July 03 2014 at 11:34 AM

I live in the county where this man and his two sisters lived. I looked up the article in the local newspaper.The family dates back to the Revolutionary War times and had owned several thousand acres of land. The parents ran a farm and would sell off little patches of it to pay for expenses such as taxes. This man did the same, with the last sale, for $3 million a few weeks ago. They lived simply, as they wanted, so I don't think he was sad.

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headin2mo chefjohnp July 03 2014 at 1:33 PM

I agree ti was sad. His obscession with money was truly pathetic. Having basic things like running water and flushing commodes is hardly considered frivolous. Think he was mentally unstable.

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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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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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Pat July 03 2014 at 9:42 AM

I'm sure Obama's little soldiers have their palms extended wide open ...

give me ... give me ... give me !

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gsbluesky Pat July 03 2014 at 11:22 AM

only a lying conservative would turn this into a slam against the President. seriously, you need to get a life....

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bs July 03 2014 at 9:48 AM

HuffPost; you suck. A tiny little article about a twist of fate & you go ahead & put Beyoncé's mug in there. Who the @#*! cares. True Post rag journalism.

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