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.
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.