Reports: Charles Manson hospitalized for ‘serious’ illness

CORCORAN, Calif. (AP) — A California prison official says cult killer Charles Manson is alive following reports that he was hospitalized.

TMZ reported Tuesday that Manson was taken to a hospital in Bakersfield, about 60 miles south of the California prison where he has been incarcerated.

According to the  Los Angeles Times, the 82-year-old Manson was reportedly hospitalized due to a serious illness. Officials have not disclosed exactly what his condition is.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokeswoman Terry Thornton says privacy laws prohibit her form discussing an inmate’s medical situation.

Manson is serving nine life sentences after being found guilty of conspiracy to commit multiple murders. He was the leader of the notorious Manson Family, whose members committed the grizzly murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others. He has been denied parole 12 times.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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