Robert Durst, real estate heir convicted of murder, dies

Robert Durst Murder Trial

New York real estate scion Robert Durst, 78, sits in the courtroom as he is sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 at the Airport Courthouse in Los Angeles. New York real estate heir Robert Durst was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without chance of parole for the murder of his best friend more that two decades ago. (Myung J. Chung/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert Durst, the New York real estate heir sentenced to life in prison for killing his best friend, has died.

Durst was convicted of the 2000 killing of Susan Berman in September. He was 78.

State prison officials say Durst died Monday in a hospital outside the prison where he had been held in Stockton, California. Attorney Chip Lewis said it was from natural causes due to a number of ailments.

Durst was facing trial in New York for the killing of his wife, who disappeared in 1982.

He was acquitted in 2003 in the death of a Texas man.

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