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Robert Durst on ventilator for COVID days after sentencing, says lawyer

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Robert Durst, the real estate tycoon sentenced to life in prison Thursday for the murder of his longtime friend, has been hospitalized with COVID-19 and is on a ventilator, according to reports.

“All we know he’s tested positive for COVID-19, he’s in hospital and on a ventilator,” Durst attorney Dick DeGuerin told NBC News Saturday.

“He looked awful Thursday, worst I’ve ever seen him,” DeGuerin said of his 78-year-old client. “He was having difficulty breathing, he was having difficulty speaking.”

The heir to the Durst Organization real-estate empire appeared gaunt and frail as he sat in a wheelchair for Thursday’s sentencing in L.A.

A Los Angeles jury found Durst guilty of first-degree murder last month for the death of Susan Berman, a close confidante, in December 2000.

Robert Durst was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Oct. 14, 2021.
Robert Durst was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Oct. 14, 2021.
Myung J. Chung/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool

Prosecutors said the New York magnate shot Berman at point-blank range in the back of her head to keep her from telling police that she had helped him concoct a fake alibi when his wife, Kathie McCormack Durst, disappeared from Westchester County in 1982.

Westchester County prosecutors are expected to impanel a grand jury within weeks to hear evidence against Durst in his first wife’s disappearance.

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