Durst, 78, was sentenced Thursday for murdering friend Susan Berman in 2000. The real estate scion was already in dire health straits during the sentencing hearing, according to his lead defense attorney, Dick DeGuerin.
“He was having difficulty breathing and he was having difficulty communicating,” DeGuerin said in an email to the Los Angeles Times. “He looked worse than I’ve ever seen him and I was very worried about him.”
Durst has been held under guard in a wing of USC Medical Center during his murder trial.
Durst, whose appearance in HBO’s six-part documentary series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst reignited interest in the Berman case, sat slumped in a wheelchair in the courtroom