The body of Charles Manson, the cult leader who achieved worldwide notoriety after directing his followers in the commission of grisly murders during the summer of 1969, is now in the custody of the Kern County coroner's office.
The official cause of death of the 83-year-old, who died Sunday evening in a Kern County hospital, will be released by the coroner's office, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Prison officials have identified cause of death only as natural causes.
CDCR officials declined Monday to name the hospital where Manson died. They also refused to say how long he was in Kern County.
Manson was treated in recent months at Bakersfield's Mercy Hospital.
And it's ultimately unclear what will happen to Manson's body, whether it will be cremated or buried or even who will take custody of it.
According to the Associated Press, prison officials previously said Manson had no known next of kin, and state law says it's up to the department to determine whether he's buried or cremated if no relative or legal representative comes forward within 10 days.
In January, he spent a week in Mercy Hospital downtown after suffering from lower gastrointestinal bleeding caused by a lesion, a source with knowledge of his medical condition said at the time.
Posts left on The Californian's Facebook page indicate some believe Manson is headed to a location far hotter than the Central Valley.
"Welcome to hell," was representative of numerous comments left on social media following news of Manson's death.
"Should have happened 50 years ago," read a post on The Californian's page left by the Facebook account of Jay Williams.
And from the account of Sandy Giurlani: "While our elders struggle for everything ... Manson lived a long life with free lodging, free food, free education, free healthcare all funded by the 'pigs' he despised ... Why did we keep such evil alive is beyond me?"
On the night of Aug. 9, 1969, Manson directed his followers, who came to be known as the Manson family, in a brutal rampage at the home of actress Sharon Tate. His followers murdered killed Tate, 8 1/2-months pregnant at the time, and four others: Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski and Steven Parent.
Tate's husband, film director Roman Polanski, was in Europe at the time.
The following evening, they stabbed to death grocers Leno and Rosemary LaBianca.
"Death to pigs" was among the messages scrawled in blood at the crime scenes.
Manson, Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkle, Susan Atkins and Charles Tex Watson were each convicted of multiple counts of murder and sentenced to death.
Those sentences were later reduced to life terms in prison after a 1972 California Supreme Court ruling found the death penalty unconstitutional. The death penalty was reinstated in 1978, but under the law Manson and his followers would continue serving life terms.
Atkins died in prison in 2009 at the age of 61 after suffering from cancer. Krenwinkle and Watson remain incarcerated.
Van Houten was granted parole in September and is awaiting a response from Gov. Jerry Brown. The governor blocked her release when she was previously granted parole in 2016.
Manson had been housed in the Protective Housing Unit at California State Prison-Corcoran since 1989, where inmates who would be at risk among the general population are kept.
During his decades in custody, he was also housed at San Quentin State Prison, California Medical Facility, Folsom State Prison and Pelican Bay State Prison.