los angeles - Charles Manson, the American sect leader who incited his followers in the sixties to gruesome murders in California, died on Sunday. He was 83 years old. The sister of actress Sharon Tate, one of the victims of Manson, was the first to report the death. She had been informed by the prison.
The sect leader, who was sentenced to life imprisonment, was admitted to the hospital last week. What he was missing was not disclosed. In January, Manson also had to go to the hospital, for what was then called an urgent medical problem.
Manson has been in prison for more than 45 years. In the sixties he gathered a crowd of predominantly young female followers known as the 'Manson Family'. In the summer of 1969 he put them to kill seven people, including Tate, the pregnant wife of director Roman Polanski. According to the Public Prosecution Service, the killing was part of a Manson plan to unleash a racial war.