Perhaps the world’s most famous hoarders were New York’s Collyer brothers, Homer and Langley, who were literally killed by their affliction. In 1947, a heavy stack of bundled newspapers falling from height took out Langley. Homer, a blind invalid, succumbed to dehydration a few days later. When authorities cleared the brothers’ three-story Harlem brownstone, 130 tons of effluvia was found inside. Besides the towers of old newspapers, there were 25,000 books, baby carriages, bowling balls, human organs pickled in jars, furniture, tapestries, 14 pianos and even the chassis from an old Ford Tin Lizzie.