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Robert Durst, real estate heir convicted of murder, dies at 78

New York real estate scion Robert Durst, 78, sits in the courtroom as he is sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole, on October 14, 2021, at the Airport Courthouse in Los Angeles. (Myung J. Chung/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)
New York real estate scion Robert Durst, 78, sits in the courtroom as he is sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole, on October 14, 2021, at the Airport Courthouse in Los Angeles. (Myung J. Chung/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)

Robert Durst, the wealthy New York real estate heir and failed fugitive who was dogged for decades with suspicion in the disappearance and deaths of those around him before he was convicted of killing his best friend and sentenced to life in prison, has died. He was 78.

Durst died in a state prison hospital facility in Stockton, his attorney Chip Lewis says. He says it was from natural causes due to a number of health issues.

Durst, who was Jewish, was convicted in September of shooting Susan Berman at point-blank range in 2000 at her Los Angeles home. He was sentenced to life on October 14. Two days later, he was hospitalized with COVID-19, his trial attorney Dick DeGuerin said.

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