Robert Durst, real estate heir convicted of murder, dies

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FILE – In this Dec. 21, 2016, file photo, Robert Durst sits in a courtroom in Los Angeles. When opening statements begin Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Durst’s next murder trial, for the killing of his close friend Susan Berman nearly 20 years earlier, Los Angeles County prosecutors will have an even harder case to prove; one that unlike the last almost entirely lacks physical evidence. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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 said. He said it was from natural causes due to a number of health issues.

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

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