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The real estate heir of New York, Robert Durst, died this Monday morning in a hospital facility of the California state prison at the age of 78, while serving a life sentence for having killed his best friend to allegedly cover up the disappearance of his wife, who was also accused of having killed.
The information was confirmed by Chip Lewis, Durst’s lawyer, who told Fox News that he died of natural causes, and detailed to the New York Times that he was taken to San Joaquin General Hospital, where he suffered a cardiac arrest.
“Mr. Durst passed away early in the morning while in the custody of the California Department of CorrectionsLewis said in a statement. “We understand that his death was due to natural causes associated with the litany of medical problems that we had repeatedly reported to the court in recent years.”
Durst had just been convicted in September 2021 with a life sentence without parole for the murder of Susan Berman in 2000, who was his best friend.
The defendant spent three weeks on the stand to testify, being found guilty of shooting Berman point-blank at his home in Los Angeles. It is presumed that the motive for the murder was to cover up the death of his wife, Kathleen McCormanck, reseñó Fox News.
Court prosecutors in Westchester County alleged that Durst murdered Berman because she allegedly came close to telling authorities that she provided a false alibi to authorities.
But it wasn’t until November 1 that the grand jury formally indicted him for the death of McCormanck, who was legitimately declared dead in 2017 after she disappeared in 1982 in New York, when she was 29 years old.
Durst’s health was one of the focuses of the lawyers during the trial, since it was known that he had bladder cancer and his condition was deteriorating, he also had to be hospitalized after catching COVID-19. During his appearances, he could be seen in a wheelchair and in prison attire, as his lawyers stressed that he could not wear a suit.
Despite Durtst’s death, Robert Abrams, a lawyer for McCormanck’s family, issued a statement informing that the investigation of who helped him cover up the alleged murder continues.
“On January 31, 2022, the 40th anniversary of Kathie’s murder, we will provide further updatesAbrams argued. “In the meantime, say a prayer for Kathie and her other victims.”
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