Charles Manson died of cardiac arrest after colon cancer battle, killer cult leader’s death certificate reveals

DERANGED death cult leader Charles Manson died from cardiac arrest and complications over his battle with colon cancer, it has emerged.

The twisted killer, who was serving a life sentence for murdering pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others, died at the age of 83 on November 19.

Death cult leader Charles Manson has died in prison at the age of 83

He was the infamous leader of the 1960s “Manson Family” cult, directing his followers to carry out brutal killings to spark a race war.

But his sick plot failed after he and several of his disciples were jailed in 1971.

Reports surfaced in January that Manson, who was caged in Corcoran State Prison in California, was gravely ill but he survived the health scare.

However in November, the notorious murderer was rushed to hospital after his health took a turn for the worse.

A mugshot of Manson in April 1968, a year before Sharon Tate was murdered

Manson is taken in cuffs to a US courtroom in 1969 on conspiracy-murder charges

Celeb website TMZ has obtained Manson’s death certificate which lists cardiac arrest as the immediate cause of his death in a hospital in California.

TMZ reports the death certificate did not list his mother and father’s names.

Manson – who got engaged to fan Afton “Star” Burton, 26, in 2014 – told a pal over the phone he was in good health just days before he died, The Sun revealed.

But Manson was refused a wish to father his fifth child with Burton.

Pregnant film star Sharon Tate was slaughtered by Manson's twisted followers

Manson is escorted by guards to a courtroom in Los Angeles after being convicted

Manson is pictured with his former fiancee Afton Elaine Burton, known as 'Star'

Manson began to build his cult in 1967 when he started gathering his small group of young, largely female devotees – mainly from broken middle-class homes.

In the summer of 1969, he directed his followers to murder in what was part of a plan to incite a race war, according to prosecutors.

He ordered four of his followers – Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian, Patricia Krenwinkel and Charles ‘Tex’ Watson – to the Beverly Hills address of movie actress Sharon Tate with the instruction to kill everyone inside.

Less than 24 hours later, the gang tortured, murdered and mutilated wealthy LA couple Rosemary and Leno LaBianca.

Manson and his accomplices were all sent down for the murders, apart from Kasabian who testified against them and played no direct part in the killings.


Manson was originally sentenced to death but was spared execution and his sentence was converted to life in prison after the California Supreme Court declared the death penalty unconstitutional in that state.

More than 40 years later, the killing spree by Manson’s “Family” continues to stir morbid fascination, fuelled by books, songs and tourist routes, websites and films.

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