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FILE - This Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, provided by the California Department of Corrections shows Charles Manson. The leader of the murderous Manson "family" is 82 and among the older prisoners whose age would have to be considered as a condition for parole under a bill approved by California lawmakers. The legislation aims to release more inmates over 60 to overcrowding, though it's extremely unlikely Manson would ever be freed. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP)

Charles Manson is reportedly hospitalized and near death


Mass murderer and cult leader Charles Manson is hospitalized in Bakersfield, California, according to TMZ.

Our affiliate KBAK/KBFX has spoken with a CDCR officer who guards Charles Manson at Corcoran State Prison and confirms suspicions his health is dwindling fast.

After calling local hospitals there has been no independent confirmation of which hospital he is in, but, if he's in Bakersfield, it appears he's at Mercy Downtown.

There are only two Bakersfield hospitals that have locked facilities. Those are Adventist Health and Mercy Downtown. An official with Adventist Health said Manson is not there. Meanwhile, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation staffers can be seen Wednesday outside Mercy Downtown.

TMZ doesn't name a hospital in its report.

TMZ reports a source as saying Manson, 83, looks to be near death.

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"It's just a matter of time," TMZ quotes a source, which it doesn't name.

Manson was also reportedly hospitalized in Bakersfield in January before being returned to California State Prison, Corcoran.

Terry Thornton with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation wouldn't confirm Wednesday that Manson was in Bakersfield, citing medical privacy laws. Prisons officials also wouldn't give confirmation back in January.

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