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The Latest: Official: Manson alive amid illness reports

January 4, 2017
FILE - In this 1986 file photo, Charles Manson is seen in court. Amid reports that Charles Manson has been taken from his California prison cell to a hospital, a state corrections official would confirm only that the 82-year-old killer and cult leader was still alive. Both TMZ and the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 that Manson had been hospitalized. (AP Photo/File)
FILE - In this 1986 file photo, Charles Manson is seen in court. Amid reports that Charles Manson has been taken from his California prison cell to a hospital, a state corrections official would confirm only that the 82-year-old killer and cult leader was still alive. Both TMZ and the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 that Manson had been hospitalized. (AP Photo/File)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on reports that mass murderer Charles Manson has been hospitalized (all times local):

8:30 a.m.

A spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says mass murderer Charles Manson is alive Wednesday.

Spokeswoman Terry Thornton would not comment on several news reports that the 82-year-old Manson was taken form Corcoran State Prison to a hospital in Bakersfield.

Manson was convicted of orchestrating the 1969 murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others. The cult leader attracted disaffected young people who lived in in a commune, followed his orders and were ultimately turned into killers.

Both TMZ and the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that Manson has been hospitalized.