Robert Durst death updates – Net worth & cause of death months after killer got Covid revealed following HBO's The Jinx

Robert Durst death updates – Net worth & cause of death months after killer got Covid revealed following HBO's The Jinx

January 11, 2022

CONVICTED murderer Robert Durst is dead at the age of 78 after he suffered a cardiac arrest while in prison.

The real estate tycoon was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in October for the 2000 killing of his best friend, Susan Berman.

Durst was apparently in "very bad condition" at the time of his sentencing, according to his attorney Dick DeGuerin, and was diagnosed with Covid-19 days later.

Durst was convicted of first-degree murder on September 17 for shooting Berman point-blank range in the back of the head inside her Beverly Hills home in December 2000.

At the time, Berman was about to tell cops how she helped cover up the alleged murder of his first wife Kathleen Durst.

Durst's first wife disappeared on January 31, 1982 at age 29. Her body has never been found. She was declared dead in 2017. 

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Durst is worth $65million.

Read our Robert Durst blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Jennifer Korn

    Who is Robert Durst’s wife Debrah Lee Charatan?

    Born and raised in New York City, Charatan is a 64-year-old real estate broker.

    Charatan now is said to head BCB Property Management with her son from a previous marriage, Bennat Berger. 

    According to her website, she operates in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

    It is understood that Durst and Charatan did not have children together. 

  • Jennifer Korn

    What is Robert Durst's net worth?

    According to Celebrity Net Worth, Durst is worth $65million.

    Durst is the son of New York real estate mogul Seymour Durst and he is the brother of commercial developer Douglas Durst.

    Robert graduated from Lehigh University and became a real estate developer. 

  • Jennifer Korn

    Did Robert Durst’s family assist him in the murders?, continued

    The Durst family spoke out about the claims targeting attorney Robert Adams who represents Kathie's family.

    “Mr. Abrams is a member of the cottage industry that seeks to personally profit off of Robert’s victims, even if it involves disrupting the prosecution of the murder of Susan Berman,” said Jason Barowitz, a spokesperson for the family.

    He continued, "The truth is that the Durst family is appalled by Robert’s actions and has cooperated with authorities to help ensure justice is served. These allegations are false and have been repeatedly debunked.” 

  • Jennifer Korn

    Did Robert Durst's family assist him in the murders?

    Real estate heir Durst's father and brother have been accused of assisting in the murder of his wife Kathie who went missing in 1982.

    These claims arise again as part of Durst's trial in the murder of long-time confidant, Berman, which just resumed after a 14-month delay due to the coronavirus.

    Law and Crime executive producer Cathy Russon tweeted "Attorneys representing Kathleen Durst’s family say #RobertDurst brother Douglas & father Seymore aided in the cover-up of Kathleen’s disappearance and murder."

  • Jennifer Korn

    Photo of Robert Durst after 2003 not guilty verdict

    Robert Durst was congratulated by his attorneys Dick DeGuerin and Mike Ramsey after receiving a verdict of not guilty on Nov. 11, 2003.

    The case was regarding the death of his elderly neighbor, Morris Black.

    Robert Durst, right, is congratulated by his attorneys Dick DeGuerin, left, and Mike Ramsey after receiving a verdict of not guilty Nov. 11, 2003, in Galveston, TexasCredit: AP Photo/Pat Sullivan
  • Jennifer Korn

    Photo of Durst in 2001

    Robert Durst was photographed as he was being escorted by Northampton County Deputy Sheriffs Dave Falco and Keith Border on Dec. 3, 2001.

    Robert Durst, center, is escorted by Northampton County Deputy Sheriffs Dave Falco, rear left, and Keith Border, center rear, as they walk toward a Northampton County Courtroom before a hearing advising Durst of his rights under extradition laws Dec. 3, 2001, in Easton, Pa.Credit: AP Photo/Robert Fish
  • Jennifer Korn

    Why was Robert Durst on trial? continued

    Prosecutors allege that Berman was going to give police information about Durst's first wife, Kathleen McCormack, who disappeared in 1982 and was never found.

    They claim Berman provided an alibi for Durst after he killed his first wife and that he silenced her to keep her from telling police what she knew about McCormack’s disappearance.

    He was arrested on a warrant for Berman’s death in New Orleans in 2015 on the same day the final episode of The Jinx, an HBO documentary series about him, aired.

    His trial didn’t begin until early 2020, but the Covid-19 pandemic forced it to a halt until it resumed in May 2021.

    Durst previously was tried for the 2001 murder of Texas neighbor Morris Black, but he claimed self-defense and was acquitted.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Why was Robert Durst on trial?

    On October 19, 2021, Robert Durst was charged with the murder of his first wife, Kathleen.

    The Westchester District Attorney's office confirmed the charge, with no further comment made available at the time.

    A grand jury is reportedly convened for next week.

    The 78-year-old was convicted with killing Susan Berman, who was fatally shot in her home in Los Angeles, California, in December 2000.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Robert Durst's Covid-19 diagnosis, continued

    “We don’t know what’s going to happen. The doctor we had examine him twice said the trial would be very dangerous to his health, and now he’s got Covid,” he said.

    Durst was held in a wing of USC Medical Center under the watch of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department throughout the trial, but it was not clear if he was still in that facility or when or where he became infected with the coronavirus, the Times reported.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Was Robert Durst COVID-19 positive?

    On October 16, 2021, Robert Durst's attorney confirmed he is currently in the hospital with COVID-19.

    LA Times reporter James Queally tweeted: "BREAKING: Robert Durst has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently on a ventilator, his attorney confirms. Story soon @latimes".

    Less than three months later, Durst died at the age of 78 on January 10, 2022. He suffered a cardiac arrest while in prison.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Robert Durst pictured with Susan Berman

    Robert Durst was convicted in his best friend's shooting murder.

    Robert Durst was sentenced last year to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of his best friend, Susan Berman Credit: HBO
  • Jennifer Korn

    Who confirmed Robert Durst's death?

    Durst's lawyer, Chip Lewis, confirmed the convicted murderer's death to the New York Times on Monday.

    Lewis said the 78-year-old went to San Joaquin General Hospital for testing and went into cardiac arrest.

  • Jennifer Korn

    What was Robert Durst sentenced with?

    The convicted murderer was sentenced to the following punishments as a result of his conviction:

    • Life imprisonment without parole
    • 85 months for the firearm charge
    • 60 months for tampering with evidence and bail jumping

    What charges were Robert Durst convicted of?

    Robert Durst was convicted of several charges related to the death of Susan Berman.

    He was found guilty of:

    • first degree murder
    • tampering with evidence
    • bail jumping
    • illegally possessing a firearm
    • misdemeanor criminal mischief

    Robert Durst's brother's theory, continued

    “In retrospect, I now believe he was practicing killing and disposing of his wife with those dogs.”

    Douglas thinks he was killing the dogs because he'd heard a recording of Robert using the dogs' name as a verb, saying he wanted to "Igor Douglas".

    Durst was never charged with the death of his first wife and denied any involvement in her disappearance.

    • Jennifer Korn

      Robert Durst's brother's theory

      Robert Durst's brother Douglas, who took over the family's business empire when their father died, shared a gruesome theory about what he thinks happened to Kathleen Durst.

      "Before the disappearance of my sister-in-law [Kathie], Bob had a series of Alaskan Malamutes, which is like a husky,” Douglas Durst told The New York Times.

      “He had seven of them, and they all died, mysteriously, of different things, within six months of his owning them. All of them named Igor. We don’t know how they died, and what happened to their bodies.

    • Jennifer Korn

      What did Robert Durst's defense team say?

      Robert Durst's lawyers have emphasized that there was no weapon, fingerprints, or fibers connecting him to his first wife's disappearance and death.

      Defense lawyers David Z. Chesnoff and Dick DeGuerin said they were disappointed in the guilty verdict over the murder of Susan Berman and stated they intended to appeal.

    • Jennifer Korn

      Was Kathleen Durst ever found?

      Robert Durst's first wife, Kathleen, has never been found and no charges have ever been brought in connection with her disappearance.

      However, his best friend, Susan Berman, was about to tell cops how she helped cover up the alleged murder of Robert Durst's first wife Kathleen Durst.

      Before she could, Robert Durst shot her to death in December 2000, and was convicted for the crime in 2021.

      Kathleen Durst was declared dead in 2017.

    • Jennifer Korn

      Who was Robert Durst?

      Durst, 78, is the son of New York real estate mogul Seymour Durst and he is the brother of commercial developer Douglas Durst.

      He graduated from Lehigh University and became a real estate developer. 

      Durst was the subject of a 2015 documentary series titled The Jinx.

      The 78-year-old was found guilty in September 2021 of killing Susan Berman, who was fatally shot in her home in Los Angeles, California, in December 2000.

    • Jennifer Korn

      Robert Durst was acquitted of the 2001 murder

      Without enough forensic evidence, the jury in Durst's 2003 murder trial acquitted him of the charges.

      Because Morris Black's head was never recovered by police, prosecutors could not produce sufficient evidence to counter Durst's account of the struggle.

    • Jennifer Korn

      What happened to Morris Black? continued

      Durst claimed that after Black died, he was going to roll his body up and carry it out of the building, but realized "there was no way I could lift it," he told the court.

      He then decided to dismember Black's body.

      Durst was arrested after police found body parts in the Galveston Bay.

      Black's head was never discovered, and police were not able to confirm where he was shot.

    • Jennifer Korn

      What happened to Morris Black?

      Robert Durst testified during his 2003 trial that he shot Morris Black, his elderly neighbor, in self defense, on September 28, 2001.

      Durst claimed that Black entered his home without permission, and pointed Durst's gun at him.

      "I was concerned that Morris was going to shoot the gun, most likely at my face," Durst testified in court.

      Durst went on to claim that the gun went off after the two men fell back.

      "We never really wrestled. I went to pull the gun and the gun didn't move. He moved and the two of us fell back," he said.

      "I pushed myself up on my left hand and I saw blood on the side of Morris' nose."

    • Jennifer Korn

      Where was Robert Durst from?

      The convicted murderer and suspected serial killer was from New York.

      He was born on April 12, 1943, and attended Lehigh University, earning a Bachelor's degree in economics in 1965.

    • Jennifer Korn

      Mixed up on Twitter

      Some fans of the rock band, Limp Bizkit, thought Robert Durst was the group's lead singer, Fred Durst.

    • Caitlin Hornik

      What was the verdict of Robert Durst’s trial?, continued

      In closing arguments, Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney John Lewin told jurors they had to hold the 78-year-old Durst accountable for Berman's slaying.

      “Bob Durst is not crazy. He’s not some nut job serial killer who goes around killing for the thrill of it,” Lewin said.

      “Don’t let this narcissistic psychopath get away with what he’s done.”

      On October 14, 2021, it was reported that Durst will get life in prison for the murder of Berman.

      Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark Windham denied a defense request for a new trial, but Durst's lawyers said they plan to appeal.

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