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Millionaire Found Dead Was a ‘Hermit’

The 79-year-old man had no heating or plumbing

George Konnight could have lived a lavish lifestyle, but instead he lived like a hermit.

The 79-year-old man was found dead Tuesday outside his home in Ramapo, N.Y., The Journal News reports. Police said he had lived alone since his sister’s recent death and described him as a “hermit.” The home, a small house in the woods where Konnight and his siblings grew up, had no indoor heating or plumbing. But Konnight was not poor—in fact, he chose this simple life.

He gained $3 million from the sale of about 31.5 acres of his family’s property in northern Ramapo to a New Jersey company, JIEM Properties, last November. Konnight’s sister Alice was listed as the seller.

Ramapo Detective Lt. Mark Emma said Konnight’s skeletal remains were found at 11:52 a.m. Friday in the woods on his property.

“He lived a very simple life, hermit-like,” Emma told The Journal News. “He was alone.”

The Rockland Medical Examiner’s Office is doing an autopsy to determine Konnight’s cause of death, but it is not considered suspicious.

[The Journal News]

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