No, Google — Fred Durst's Dad Is Not Convicted Killer Robert Durst

The Dad Vibes are off

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Jan 12, 2022

There was a collective shudder earlier this week when the name "Durst" was trending on Twitter, but thankfully Fred Durst is seemingly alive and well; however Robert Durst — the 78-year-old real estate heir and convicted murderer with whom the Limp Bizkit frontman shares a surname — died on Monday (January 10), and now Google seems to think he's the musician's father.

Metal Sucks so kindly tipped us off to the fact that, upon plugging "Fred Durst dad" into the search engine, the result that comes back is Robert Durst.


The two Dursts have no familial relation, but there's been a fair share of mistaken identity with these two. While many are simply using the opportunity to crack some Limp Bizkit jokes this week, some people seemed to genuinely think the "Nookie" singer had passed away. However, the tale of two Dursts goes way back: even the Associated Press mistook Robert for Fred when the killer was arrested in New Orleans in 2015.

Ironically, at the end of last year, Limp Bizkit charted for the first time since 2004 with "Dad Vibes" — the lead single from the nu-metal outfit's first album in 10 years, Limp Bizkit Still Sucks. The band had debuted the song at Lollapalooza last summer, after which their sales effectively doubled.

The other Durst was thrust into the spotlight back in 2015 when HBO made a true-crime documentary series called The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. A year later, Robert pleaded not guilty to murder for the execution-style killing of his friend Susan Bergman despite his supposed confession in the show, which was reportedly pieced together from multiple sentences.

Now, of course it's possible that Fred's dad also happens to be named Robert. And if we're willing to believe Google, that's probably the case (and his mom's name is Anita, by the way) — but who's to say?

Trust? Fred wouldn't have us trust nobody and nobody should trust him; he's never gonna trust anybody, and that's the way it's gonna be.

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