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Robert Durst, 78, ‘gets Covid and is put on ventilator’ just two days after being jailed for life over murder of friend

ROBERT Durst has been put on a ventilator after he tested positive for Covid-19, his attorney has reportedly said.

Convicted murderer and real estate tycoon Durst, 78, was handed a life sentence without the possibility of parole Thursday by a California judge for killing his best friend more than two decades ago.

He was convicted last month of murdering Susan Berman in 2000.

Durst's lead defense attorney Dick DeGuerin said at the time of his sentencing the real estate heir was in “very bad condition”.

DeGuerin confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that Durst had been hospitalized and placed on a ventilator.

“He looked very very ill at sentencing Thursday. He had difficulty speaking, breathing,” the defense lawyer, Dick DeGuerin, told The Daily Beast Saturday.

“I’m very concerned. We haven’t heard from his doctors.”

“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 has been 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.

Durst was convicted on September 17, of first-degree murder for shooting Berman, 55, at point-blank range in the back of the head inside her Beverly Hills home in December 2000 as she was about to tell cops how she helped cover up the slaying of his wife Kathy Durst.

The jury also found him guilty of the special circumstances of lying in wait and killing a witness.

That charge carries a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole.

The scion became a prime suspect after his celebrity profile grew following the 2015 HBO documentary The Jinx.

In it, Durst unsuspectingly was heard talking to himself inside a bathroom stall:  "What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course." 

Durst could then be heard realizing his own alleged slip: "There it is. You're caught."

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. 

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

Robert Durst, 78, sentenced to LIFE in prison after trial for cold-blooded murder of best friend Susan Berman

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