Murder victim Sharon Tate with husband Roman Polanski. She was more than eight months pregnant when she was stabbed to death.
Debra Tate, the sister of his most famous victim, glamorous actress Sharon Tate, told TMZ she was informed of Manson's death by telephone.
Manson had recently been transferred to a Bakersfield hospital following severe intestinal bleeding, but due to his frail health, risky surgery had been ruled out. Until then, he'd been imprisoned for life after his original death sentence was commuted when the state of California abolished the death penalty in 1972. He was found guilty of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the deaths of seven of the nine Manson Family victims.
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Manson in his booking photo and 50 years later
Manson believed the killings he ordered would help bring about a looming race war he referred to as "Helter Skelter," taken from a Beatles song of that name.
Manson arguing for his parole
Over the years, Manson, an unsettling figure with a swastika tattooed on his forehead whose name was synonymous with insanity, anarchy and brutality, appeared before a prison board several times to argue for his parole.
Read the full press release from the State of California regarding Manson's death: