Dust, the heir to the Dust Real Estate Empire, died of natural causes at San Joaquin General Hospital in Stockton, his lawyer Chip Lewis confirmed to Fox News. Lewis also said the New York Times’ Dust was taken to San Joaquin General Hospital, where he suffered cardiac arrest.
“Durst died early this morning while in detention at the California Corrections Bureau,” Lewis said in a statement. “We understand that his death was due to a natural cause associated with a series of medical problems that we have repeatedly reported to court over the past few years.”
Dust was convicted in September 2021 and sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for the murder of his best friend Susan Berman.
Dust tested positive for Covid-19 shortly after the October ruling on Berman’s murder and was transferred to a hospital where he was stationed. On a respirator..
His lawyer said at the time when Dust was finding it “difficult to breathe and communicate”. Even before the diagnosis, the 78-year-old appeared ill, frail, and sometimes confused throughout recent trials.
Dust was convicted in September of shooting Susan Berman at close range at his home in Los Angeles in 2000. He was sentenced to life imprisonment on October 14.