Charles Manson is dead.
The murderer and cult leader was 83 years old and had been suffering from gastrointestinal problems for some time.
Manson was found guilty of seven counts of 1st degree murder and one of conspiracy after his so-called Manson Family killed at his behest in 1969, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate, wife of controversial director Roman Polanski.
Sharon’s sister Debra Tate was among those notified of the killer’s death, telling NBC News she received the call around 8:30 p.m. A spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation confirmed Manson died at 8:13.
Manson was sentenced to death but narrowly escaped when the death penalty was banned in California in 1972.
The infamous inmate kept his notoriety through the years through TV interviews and made the news again in 2014 when he got engaged to a young fan.
The Tate-LaBianca murders captured the interest of the nation; multiple films have been made about or inspired by Manson and his followers, with another high-profile one on the way.
You won’t find many people mourning the death of the murderer, but fascination with his crimes is likely to live on.
[Image via LAPD/Corcoran State Prison.]