Notorious prisoner Charles Manson was alive as of Friday, prison officials said, but they wouldn’t offer any details on his hospital stay.
Manson, 83, was sent to a hospital Bakersfield for a serious medical problem. Reports this week indicated that his prognosis is grim.
Vicky Waters, a spokeswoman with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, told the Los Angeles Times on Friday that he’s still living and that officials could not provide any further details on his condition.
“They remain under CDCR custody and 24-hour supervision during this time,” said Waters, per the LA Times. “CDCR also notifies and works with hospital security and law enforcement.”
Officials also wouldn’t comment on where he’s being treated and why.
According to TMZ in a report last week, a source said that it’s “just a matter of time” before his death.
Manson and his followers, called “The Manson Family,” were convicted of two sets of infamous, brutal Los Angeles murders that were conducted in 1969.
Since he was put behind bars 1971, Manson incurred more than 100 rules violations, including assault, possession of a weapon, making threats, and possessing a cellphone. The LA Times reported that he also tried to cause a flood, set his mattress on fire, spat at a prison staffer, and got into fights.
And while in prison, he infamously carved a swastika in his forehead.
His next parole hearing is due in 2027.
According to the New York Daily News, a so-called friend of Manson, Ben Gurecki, claimed that he was brought to Mercy Heart Hospital with heart failure.
“I don’t believe he will leave the hospital,” Gurecki said. “(It’s) heart failure. (His) body is shutting down.”
Manson was hospitalized in January 2017. At the time, prison officials also remained mum.
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