The real estate millionaire accused of several homicides, Robert Durst, has died.

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The real estate millionaire accused of several homicides, Robert Durst, has died.

His attorney reported that Durst had medical problems exacerbated by his spread of COVID-19.

This Monday, the death of Robert Durst, a bizarre member of one of the leading real estate dynasties of New York, who had also recently been sentenced to life imprisonment for the alleged murder of one of his close friends, who was considered his confidant. The 78-year-old man died as a prisoner in Stockton, California.

Durst's attorney, who had also been charged in the 1982 murder of his wife Kathleen Durst, confirmed his client's death at San Joaquin General Hospital. The defender noted that Robert had medical problems exacerbated by his spread of COVID-19.

"It was due to natural causes" due to his many medical problems; the spokesperson told ABC News. And it is that together with the contagion, for which he was connected to a respirator, Durst had already been fighting against bladder cancer.

In the middle of last October, another of his lawyers also announced that the millionaire had been admitted to hospital because of his contagion, emphasizing that he had never looked so bad and that he struggled a lot to breathe. The announcement comes just two days after a Los Angeles court sentenced him to life in prison for murdering writer Susan Berman in 2000 by shooting him in the head.

The life sentence against him was confirmed a month after a popular jury found the businessman guilty of a crime of murder for which he was formally charged in 2015. However, Durst was already a suspect in two other murders dating back more than three decades ago.

According to the verdict, Durst shot Berman, with whom he maintained a friendship, at his home in Beverly Hills as the woman had witnessed another crime allegedly committed by him. Berman died before telling investigators what he knew about the disappearance of Kathleen McCormack, Durst's ex-wife. The latter has been missing since 1982, when she disappeared without a trace, after expressing her desire to divorce Durst, in one case. that remained unsolved.

A decade later, the police reopened the investigation. In 2000, Berman, who until then had interceded as a friend on Durst's behalf, was found dead from a gunshot to the head shortly before they could question her about what happened to McCormack.

But only after Los Angeles prosecutors proved Berman's motive for death was to silence her because she helped him cover up Kathie's murder was a jury in New York indicted him in November for premeditated murder at the end of his wife.

To these two disappearances is added a third, that of Morris Black in 2001, and for which Durst pleaded guilty but was acquitted. The magnate admitted to killing and later dismembering his neighbor in a Texas town, whose carcass was found floating in the sea.

Durst was tried and exonerated by a jury, which determined that he had acted in self-defense after a struggle with the victim. However, the prosecution indicated that the businessman's true intention was to steal the identity of his neighbor to evade Justice.

The son of real estate mogul Seymour Durst, Robert Durst was born on April 12, 1943, and grew up in Scarsdale, New York. He once related that at the age of 7, he witnessed the death of his mother in a fall at his home.

In 1965 he graduated with a BA in Economics from Lehigh University. He is survived by his second wife, Debrah Charatan, whom he married in 2000. He had no children.

Although he was the heir to one of the wealthiest families in New York, which became rich thanks to the real estate business, in 1994, his father chose his younger brother Douglas to take over the family business.

His story is precisely told in the HBO documentary series "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst," a program directed by Andrew Jarecki, the brainchild of Durst himself who, it is said, was eager for someone to let him tell his life.