New York: Robert Durst, the wealthy New York real estate heir and failed fugitive who was dogged for decades with suspicion in the disappearance and deaths of those around him before he was convicted of killing his best friend and sentenced to life in prison, has died. He was 78.

New York real estate heir Robert Durst was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing his best friend Susan Berman in Los Angeles. Credit:AP

Durst died in a state prison hospital facility in Stockton, his attorney Chip Lewis said.

He said it was from natural causes due to a number of health issues.

Durst was convicted in September of shooting Susan Berman at point-blank range in 2000 at her Los Angeles home. He was sentenced to life October 14.

Two days later, he was hospitalised with COVID-19, his trial attorney Dick DeGuerin said.

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