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Robert Durst is on a ventilator with COVID-19: reports

Robert Durst, the real estate heir who was sentenced to life in prison for murder Thursday, is said to be very ill with COVID-19 and has been placed on a ventilator, his lawyer told several media outlets on Saturday.

“He looked worse than I’ve ever seen him and I was very worried about him,” attorney Dick DeGuerin told the Los Angeles Times of seeing his client in court this week.

DeGuerin did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

Durst, 78, collapsed in his wheelchair and appeared to have difficulty communicating in court, speaking in a hoarse voice. He was convicted in September of the execution-style murder of his friend Susan Berman in 2000.

Prosecutors allege Durst feared Berman would release information about the mysterious 1982 disappearance of his first wife, Kathleen McCormack, who is presumed dead.

While he was once the heir apparent to the Durst family’s real estate business in New York City – the family owns some of Manhattan’s most prestigious properties – Durst’s volatile personality has proven inappropriate. His younger brother, Douglas Durst, took over the business instead.

Robert Durst is on a ventilator with COVID-19: reports
“He looked very, very sick when sentenced on Thursday. He had difficulty speaking, breathing, ”lawyer Dick DeGuerin told the Daily Beast.

A 2015 HBO documentary on Durst, “The Jinx,” helped bring attention to the bizarre circumstances of his life and family history.

Durst was tried for murder in 2003 in a separate murder, after moving to Texas and starting to live in disguise. Durst eventually admitted to dismembering his neighbor, Morris Black, and throwing his body parts into a waterway. In Durst’s tale, he was trying to defend himself when Black’s gun exploded and killed him.

He was acquitted of the murder, serving only about a year in prison for breaching his bail.

Durst is currently under scrutiny for his alleged role in McCormack’s death; a New York prosecutor would seek to indict him.

This week, Berman’s family members pleaded with Durst to reveal everything he knew about the location of McCormack’s body shortly before a Los Angeles judge handed down his sentence.


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