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Notorious killer Charles Manson has died aged 83 of natural causes.

The cult leader, who had been behind bars for more than 45 years, died at 8.13pm on Sunday at a hospital in Kern County, California. He was transferred there from Corcoran State Prison with an undisclosed illness last week.

The news of his death was confirmed by Debra Tate, the sister of his most famous victim, actress Sharon Tate, who was pregnant with film director Roman Polanski’s baby when she was stabbed to death by his followers.

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“This could be the end of an era or just the beginning,” she declared, adding, “I said a prayer for his soul.”

Manson died from natural causes, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said.
Earlier this week it was reported he was on his death bed in hospital and sources claimed “it’s just a matter of time.”

A statement released by the Association of Deputy District Attorneys of California on Monday morning, quoting Vincent Bugliosi, the prosecutor in the trial who died two years ago, said: ‘Manson was an evil, sophisticated con-man with twisted and warped moral values.

“Manson’s victims are the ones who should be remembered and mourned on the occasion of his death.”