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Badly decomposed body of man found in hoarder Brooklyn home, wife sent for psychiatric evaluation

Badly decomposed body of man, 84, is found in his hoarder Brooklyn apartment as wife, 72, is sent for psychiatric evaluation because she planned to wait a YEAR before reporting his death

  • Brent Shapiro, 84, was found dead inside his Brooklyn apartment on Saturday
  • Police arrived at the apartment on Coney Island Avenue in Midwood in response to a wellness check
  • Police used the fire escape to get inside because the home was so full of trash 
  • The couple’s adult children said they had not seen their parents since 2019 
  • They described their parents as mentally ill
  • Shapiro’s 72-year-old wife told police she had planned to wait a year before notifying authorities that he had died
  • She was taken to a hospital for psychiatric observation 


The badly decomposed body of an 84-year-old man was discovered over the weekend among piles of trash inside the Brooklyn apartment he shared with his wife, who reportedly was planning to wait a year before notifying the police of his death. 

Brent Shapiro’s body was found hours after police responded to the home on Coney Island Avenue near Glenwood Road in Midwood on Saturday.  

When police arrived around 7pm, they discovered the apartment building was so full of trash that they had to use the fire escape to get inside the third-floor bedroom, the New York Daily News reported.  

Shapiro’s body was located among the piles of trash. 

He had died of arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease, according to the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner.

A police source told the Daily News that Shapiro had been dead for at least two months, but his 72-year-old wife never called 911. 

The badly decomposed body of 84-year-old Brent Shapiro was found Saturday among piles of trash inside the Midwood, Brooklyn apartment he shared with his wife, who reportedly was planning to wait a year before notifying the police of his death.

On Monday, the entry to the apartment building in Midwood was still filled with trash from floor to ceiling (pictured) and the area reeked of a foul stench

On Monday, the entry to the apartment building in Midwood was still filled with trash from floor to ceiling (pictured) and the area reeked of a foul stench

Shapiro had died of arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease, according to the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner. His body was found at his home (pictured) after his sons requested a wellness check

Shapiro had died of arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease, according to the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner. His body was found at his home (pictured) after his sons requested a wellness check

She was taken to a hospital for psychiatric observation Saturday after she reportedly told officers she had planned to wait a year before notifying authorities her husband had died. 

Police were initially called to the scene by the couple’s adult children who requested a wellness check for their parents, who they described as mentally ill, a police source told the Daily News. 

They added they had not seen their parents since 2019. 

On Monday, the entry to the apartment building was still filled with trash from floor to ceiling and the area reeked of a foul stench.  

A neighbor tells DailyMail.com that Shapiro’s wife, who owns the building, used to clean the front outside area and take care of the ‘little planter area,’ but said she had not been seen in quite awhile. 

The neighbor added that he hadn’t seen Shapiro in long time either, and had not heard anything until police came by the building on Saturday.  

An NYPD spokesperson tells DailyMail.com that the investigation is ongoing.

A neighbor told DailyMail.com that he hadn't seen the couple in quite some time, and had not heard anything until police came by on Saturday and discovered Shapiro's body

A neighbor told DailyMail.com that he hadn’t seen the couple in quite some time, and had not heard anything until police came by on Saturday and discovered Shapiro’s body 

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