What Did Robert Durst Do? Convicted Murderer Dies in Prison, Serving Life Sentence

Convicted murderer Robert Durst, who appeared to incriminate himself on an HBO documentary about his life and who was serving a life sentence in prison, died on Monday.

"We understand that his death was due to natural causes associated with the litany of medical issues we had repeatedly reported to the court over the last couple of years," Durst's lawyer, Chip Lewis, said in a statement.

According to the Associated Press, Durst's lawyer said he was in a prison hospital facility in Stockton, California when he died.

In September, Durst was convicted of fatally shooting Susan Berman in 2000 and was sentenced to life in prison in October. Berman, a friend of Durst, was found shot and killed in her home in Los Angeles.

Shortly after Durst received a lifetime prison sentence, he was hospitalized with COVID-19.

Prior to the death of Berman, Durst's wife, Kathie, went missing in 1982 near the couple's home in New York. Kathie's body was never found but she was eventually declared dead. Durst was long suspected of murdering Kathie and prosecutors previously alleged that Durst killed Berman out of fear that she would uncover details about his wife's death.

According to ABC News, a lawyer for Kathie Durst's family said on Monday that he plans to provide an update on her disappearance on January 31, the 40th anniversary of her disappearance.

In November, Durst was indicted on second-degree murder charges in connection with the death of his wife. According to the Associated Press, during the trial for Berman's murder, prosecutors also alleged that Durst murdered a man in Texas while he was using a false identity after the murder of Berman. However, Durst testified that he shot the man as an act of self-defense and was acquitted of the murder.

Prior to his conviction, Durst appeared in an HBO documentary series about himself, titled The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.

During the series, Durst spoke about a letter that police had received with the word "CADAVER" directing them to Berman's home after she was murdered. Durst initially denied writing the letter himself but said, "You're writing a note to the police that only the killer could have written."

In the final episode of the series, Durst, who had left the interview set to use the bathroom was heard over a live microphone that Durst was unaware was still recording saying, "You're caught! What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course." According to the Associated Press, it was eventually revealed that Durst's comments were edited for the show.

The Associated Press reported that Durst's defense lawyers eventually admitted that Durst had wrote the "CADAVER" note, which prosecutors alleged was a confession for the murder of Berman.

Durst was the son of late real estate investor Seymour Durst.

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Robert Durst, a convicted murderer who was serving a life sentence, died on Monday, January 10, 2022. Above, Durst looks on during his sentencing hearing at the Airport Courthouse in Los Angeles on October 14, 2021. Myung J. Chun/Getty