Don’t Worry, Internet, Fred Durst Is Not Dead

Fred Durst by Antje Naumann, via Wikipedia.
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Yesterday, it was revealed that Robert Durst, the real estate developer who outed himself as a murdered on HBO’s The Jinx, had died at the age of 78 due to cardiac arrest. But when fans online read the news, all they did was close in on the word ‘Durst’ and immediately mistook Robert with Fred Durst, frontman of Limp Bizkit, leading to a series of confusing and hilarious memorial posts.

For those who haven’t see the 2015 series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, real estate developer Robert Durst got away with the murder of his wife Kathleen McCormack Durst in 1982, the murder of friend Susan Berman in 2000, and the murder of a drifter named Morris Black in Texas in 2001. As reported by Consequence of Sound, he even confessed to butchering Black’s body and dumping it into the Galveston Bay, and still got away with it. Then, he made a documentary about his life, forgot his mic was on, and confessed to the whole thing. Anyway, Robert Durst died yesterday from cardiac arrest, but he’d been battling bladder cancer for a while and had to be put on a ventilator after contracting COVID-19.

As per a piece on Uproxx, Twitter came alive with fans who were mourning Fred Durst, others who were confused by the mix-up, and those who began accidentally equating the two figures’ very different lives:

So, there you have it: Robert Durst, murdering scumbag who couldn’t leave well enough alone, dead at 78. Fred Durst, red cap-wearing frontman of rap-rock’s most beloved and reviled band, very much alive. In fact, Limp Bizkit dropped their first new album in a decade, Still Sucks, on Halloween of 2021, so not only is Fred Durst alive, brother, he’s thriving.

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Words by Chris Krovatin