Cult leader Charles Manson has died aged 83 one week after he was admitted to hospital.
The news was confirmed by Debra Tate, the sister of one of his victims - pregnant actress Sharon Tate, who told TMZ she received a call to say he had died.
Tate then told NBC Los Angeles reporter Robert Kovacik: 'This could be the end of an era or just the beginning.'
She added to People: 'I said a prayer for his soul.'
The information was quickly verified by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which said he died from natural causes at 8.13pm on Sunday at a Kern County hospital.
Earlier this week it was reported he was on his death bed in hospital and sources claimed 'it's just a matter of time.'