- Robert Durst’s lawyer says the real estate heir has COVID-19 and is on a ventilator.
- Durst was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without chance of parole for murdering his best friend.
- Durst battled medical issues throughout the trial, including bladder cancer.
The wealthy real estate heir Robert Durst, who was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for killing his best friend, has been hospitalized with COVID-19 and is on a ventilator, media outlets reported Saturday.
“All we know he’s tested positive for COVID-19, he’s in hospital and on a ventilator,” Durst’s lawyer, Dick DeGuerin, told NBC News. “He looked awful Thursday, worst I’ve ever seen him. He was having difficulty breathing, he was having difficulty speaking.”
Durst, 78, was convicted in a Los Angeles court last month of killing 55-year-old Susan Berman in 2000. Prosecutors also alleged that Berman had helped Durst cover up the disappearance of his wife, Kathie McCormack Durst, in 1982.
A judge sentenced him Thursday to life in prison without possibility of parole.
Durst was the subject of the 2015 HBO documentary “The Jinx,” which explored the mysterious disappearance of his wife, and the deaths of Berman and Durst’s neighbor Morris Black.
One jaw-dropping scene revealed Durst talking to himself in a bathroom, saying, “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.” Durst was unaware that his mic was still recording.
Durst was acquitted of murder charges in Black’s death in 2003. Kathie Durst’s body was never found, and no one has faced charges in her disappearance.
DeGuerin told NBC News he believed Durst was vaccinated, though he said he didn’t know if his client had received a booster shot. Durst battled a number of medical issues throughout the trial, including bladder cancer.