Robert Durst dead at 78: Real estate tycoon dies from cardiac arrest while serving life sentence for killing pal

Robert Durst dead at 78: Real estate tycoon dies from cardiac arrest while serving life sentence for killing pal


CONVICTED murderer Robert Durst is dead at the age of 78 after suffering a cardiac arrest while serving a life sentence for killing his best friend.

The real estate tycoon was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in October for the 2000 killing of Susan Berman.

His lawyer Chip Lewis confirmed his death to the New York Times on Monday.

Lewis said the 78-year-old went to San Joaquin General Hospital for testing and went into cardiac arrest.

Durst had been serving a life sentence at the California Health Care Facility after he was found guilty for the murder of Berman.

Durst was reportedly in "very bad condition" at the time of his sentencing, according to his attorney Dick DeGuerin.

The convicted murderer was also battling Covid while in prison – his lawyer revealed to the Los Angeles Times.

At the time of his Covid diagnosis, DeGuerin said Durst was briefly put on a ventilator and had difficulty speaking and breathing.

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Durst was convicted of first-degree murder on September 17, 2021, for shooting Berman point-blank range in the back of the head inside her Beverly Hills home in December 2000.

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At the time, Berman was about to tell cops how she helped cover up the alleged murder of his first wife, Kathleen Durst, 38.

Durst was the last person to see Kathie, a trainee pediatrician, alive.

On January 31, 1982, Kathie had been at a dinner party with friends when she got a call from Durst and suddenly had to leave.

No one ever saw her again. Her body has never been found and she was declared dead in 2017.


Durst's brother Douglas, who took over the family's business empire when their father died, shared a gruesome theory about what he thinks happened.

"Before the disappearance of my sister-in-law [Kathie], Bob had a series of Alaskan Malamutes, which is like a husky,” Douglas Durst told The New York Times.

“He had seven of them, and they all died, mysteriously, of different things, within six months of his owning them. All of them named Igor. We don’t know how they died, and what happened to their bodies.

“In retrospect, I now believe he was practicing killing and disposing of his wife with those dogs.”

Douglas thinks he was killing the dogs because he'd heard a recording of Robert using the dogs' name as a verb, saying he wanted to "Igor Douglas".

Durst was never charged with the death of his first wife and denied any involvement in her disappearance.

Berman had told friends she gave a false alibi to police in order to spare him a possible prison sentence.

Durst was the son of New York real estate mogul Seymour Durst and the brother of commercial developer Douglas Durst. He was worth an estimated $65million.

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