AceShowbiz - Charles Manson, the convicted mass murderer who was behind one of the most of notorious murder cases in America, has passed away. The former cult leader died on Sunday, November 19 at 8:13 P.M. of natural causes, officials at the state's Department of Corrections confirm. He was 83.
According to TMZ, the prison is contacting all of the victims' families to inform them about Manson's death. Debra Tate, the sister of the late actress Sharon Tate, was among those who received a phone call from the prison.
Manson was rushed to a Bakersfield hospital in California last week. At the time, TMZ reported that his health had been steadily deteriorating. A source told the site, "It's not going to get any better for him," adding that "it's just a matter of time."
In January, Manson was hospitalized for severe intestinal bleeding. He needed surgery to repair a lesion, but doctors said he was too weak and sent him back to prison. A source said at the time, "He's not good. His health is failing."
Manson was serving multiple life sentences at California State Prison in Corcoran. On August 9, 1969, he instructed four members of his cult to kill people at a posh house above Sunset Blvd. Among the victims was Roman Polanski's heavily pregnant wife and actress Sharon Tate.
The next night, Manson and the same four followers along with two more broke into the Los Feliz home of supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary and slaughtered them.
He was arrested in April 1971 and was found guilty of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for the deaths of seven people after trial. Manson was originally sentenced to death, but his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment when California invalidated the state's death penalty statute in 1972.