California State Department of Corrections

Iconic cult leader Charles Manson captivated the world after he became the face and mastermind behind a series of murders that chilled Los Angeles.

Following the demonic “Helter Skelter” murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others, Manson was arrested and convicted of conspiracy and murder. He was sentenced to nine life terms in California, CNN reports.

After four decades spent in prison, initially entering the correctional system in 1969, Manson has died, according to a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Manson died at approximately 8:13 p.m. (11:13 p.m. ET) at a hospital in Kern County, according to NBC.

Manson was rushed to the hospital just last week, where it was reported that “it was just a matter of time” before he died.

During Manson's time in prison, state law required that he be given a parole opportunity every seven years; however, it became so clear he was never getting out, the self-declared “Devil” stopped going.

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