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UPDATE: CDCR officials say Charles Manson is still alive

Severity of 83-year-old's condition unclear
Posted at 3:51 PM, Nov 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-17 10:02:36-05

UPDATE (7:02 a.m., Nov. 17): Officials with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation say Charles Manson is still alive. 

Due to privacy laws, the CDCR cannot confirm whether or not Manson is in Bakersfield. 


UPDATE (4:58 a.m.): The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says Charles Manson is still alive. 

Officials still cannot confirm that he's in Bakersfield. 


Charles Manson is being treated in a Bakersfield hospital, according to TMZ.

The 83-year-old mass killer and former cult leader was reportedly rushed to a local hospital for "various treatments," TMZ said.

It is unclear how severe his condition is, or exactly which hospital he is staying at. 

Adventist Health confirmed to 23ABC that Manson is not being treated there. That leaves Mercy Hospital Downtown as the only likely hospital Manson could be treated at in Bakersfield. 

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation gave this statement when asked to confirm that Manson was in Bakersfield:

“CDCR cannot confirm or deny this. Federal and state medical privacy laws preclude CDCR from commenting on protected health information for any inmate in our custody.”

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Manson reportedly looks "ashen" and a source familiar with his condition said his health is deteriorating. An unnamed source said his condition isn't likely to improve.

This isn't Manson's first Kern County hospitalization. In January, the notorious, convicted mass murderer was hospitalized at Mercy Downtown for gastrointestinal issues. Manson reportedly had severe intestinal bleeding and needed surgery to repair a lesion, but he was sent back to prison after doctors decided he was too weak.

Manson is currently serving nine life sentences for conspiracy to commit the infamous Manson Family murders in 1969. He is being held at Corcoran State Prison about an hour away from Bakersfield. 

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