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Charles Manson is gravely ill and has been moved from Corcoran State Prison to an unidentified hospital, according to multiple reports.
Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, could not confirm to The Hollywood Reporter whether the cult leader, whose followers committed multiple high-profile murders decades ago, had been moved, due to “medical privacy and security” reasons. However, she did say that if Manson dies, that will become public information after next of kin is notified.
On Wednesday, a prison official confirmed to the Associated Press only that Manson was alive but would gave no other information.
The 82-year-old is serving nine life sentences for his part in the 1969 Manson Family murders, which included the murder of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others. Manson and his convicted followers were spared execution when a U.S. Supreme Court ruling temporarily banned the death penalty in 1972.
Manson has been denied parole more than 10 times throughout the years.
Jan. 4, 11 a.m. ET: Updated with prison official statement.
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