Charles Manson, who orchestrated the infamous “Helter Skelter” murders in 1969, is on his deathbed in a California hospital, TMZ is reporting.

Manson has reportedly been in declining health for some time, and reportedly has been too weak to get treatment for intestinal bleeding. Doctors at Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield, where the 83-year-old is hospitalized under armed guard, have reportedly said it was “only a matter of time.”

In 1969, Manson led a group of hippies in the California desert, and convinced several to go on a killing spree, in hopes of starting a race war. Over a two-night period, Manson followers Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten conducted two home invasions. They killed seven people in total: Sharon Tate (who was pregnant), Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, Steven Parent and Jay Sebring.

Manson was convicted of the murders in 1969, and his death sentence was commuted to a life sentence after California abolished the death penalty. He has been up for parole several times, but denied every time.

TMZ has more.

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Charles Manson is in the hospital and, as one source familiar with his situation tells TMZ, “it’s not going to get any better for him.”

We’re told Manson was rushed to a Bakersfield hospital 3 days ago, and has been wheeled around on a gurney for various treatments … escorted by 5 uniformed cops.

We’re told the 83-year-old Manson, who lays still covered in blankets, looks ashen.

Our sources say Manson’s health has been steadily deteriorating and, as it was put to us, “It’s just a matter of time.”

Manson had serious health issues back in January as well, when he was hospitalized for severe intestinal bleeding and needed surgery to repair a lesion … but was deemed too weak by doctors and sent back to prison.

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