Elderly Queens Couple Found Dead In Home

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — An elderly Hollis Hills couple was found dead by police in their Hollis Hills home early Tuesday morning.

Neighbors said they hadn’t seen Phillip, 88, and Lilian Zimmer, 84, for quite some time.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports

“They were both old, we hadn’t see the mother in years. She was bed-ridden, I believe, and the father was just getting weaker and weaker,” a neighbor told 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg.

The neighbor, who has lived next door for 30 years, said the couple heavily relied on their son, Stuart, believed to be in his 50’s.

“He was their caregiver,” the neighbor said.

But authorities said the couple’s  son suffered from mental illness. That may explain why he lived in the family’s home for days even after both his parents had died, Sandberg reported.

Authorities blamed the deaths on natural causes. No charges were being filed.

The couple’s son was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

  • UptownWench

    Back in college, in the late ’70, I visited an elderly woman every week & it was probably one of my weekly highlights! Now I’m dealing all on my own with cancer, just having had a 2nd Bone-Marrow-Transplant, and about to go thru a divorce, I can appreciate now more than ever the idea of “young people” or anyone visiting & helping out the elderly & ill in any way they can! Even for school credit. (Calling my 89 y.o. soon 2-b-x-Mother-In-law feels like a home visit & makes us both feel less lonely!!)

  • tree

    How about making junior high and high school students pay visits to their neighbors?

  • D.

    WOW! I hear you both but many older people are leery in allowing people in their homes. Make it a telephone ministry.

  • jaline wellington

    Each college student should adopt such elderly parents as weekend assignemnt . this should be graded and be part of their overall marks required for graduation.

    • Nick

      Yes jaline. Let’s dictate what people should or should not do. For The Good Of The People!

      Here’s a hint: when’s the last time YOU volunteered to check on your elderly neighbors?

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