Charles Manson
via California Department of Corrections / Public Domain

Infamous American cult leader Charles Mansion died on Sunday (Nov. 19) of natural causes. He was 83 years old.

According to TMZ, he died at around 8:13 pm, though details were unclear.

In the 1960s, Manson formed a commune of loyal followers known as the Mansion Family. In August 1969, he shocked the nation with a wave of violence, ordering the murders of seven people at the hands of his followers, including actress Sharon Tate.

He was ulimately arrested and convicted of first-degree murder. He was originally sentenced to death, but it was instead commuted to life without parole after California invalidated the state’s death penalty statute in 1972.

Manson would serve nine life terms in California prisons and was denied parole 12 times.

Despite his heinous crimes, his notoriety was bolstered by popular books and films, making him a cult figure. His imagery generates money, via the sale of posters and T-shirts.

Mansion was even featured in a Christmas special for South Park in 1998.