Celebrity Reaction: Charles Manson Dead

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Charles Manson Dead Reaction

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Charles Manson Dead Reaction

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Celebrities are reacting on Twitter to the death of Charles Manson, the 1960s cult leader who orchestrated a series of mass murders. Hollywood stars are now mocking and celebrating the infamous killer’s death. See tweets below.

Manson died Sunday at a hospital in Kern County, California. He was 83. The convicted mass murderer had been transported to the medical center from Corcoran State Prison, where he was serving nine life sentences for his part in the killings of several people in the late ’60s. As cult leader of the Manson Family, the late serial killer influenced a group of disciples to carry out multiple mass murders.

Manson was arrested in 1969, along with three female followers, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkle and Leslie Van Houten, all of whom were convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 1971. Their lives were spared, however, when a U.S. Supreme Court ruling temporarily banned the death penalty in 1972. The 83-year-old inmate, who had a swastika tattooed on his forehead, was denied parole 12 times throughout his four decades behind bars, most recently in 2012.

One celebrity weighing in on Manson’s death is Mia Farrow, who shared a photo of his victim Sharon Tate, the late actress stabbed to death by Manson’s followers while eight-and-a-half months pregnant. “Manson is dead – good riddance,” she wrote. Arsenio Hall said, “How dare they interrupt my jam with Breaking News about Manson.” And Kumail Nanjiani quipped, “RIP Charles Manson. Sure he had his flaws, but who among us doesn’t.”

Norm Macdonald sarcastically mourned, “My heart goes out to the family of Mr. Manson at this time.” In reference to his Hulu show being canceled, Billy Eichner joked, “Charles Manson just could not live without ‘Difficult People.'” Doug Benson offered, “I guess Manson finally got parole. Happy Monday everybody!” And Stephen King tweeted, “Satan to Manson: ‘Yo, Charlie! What took you so long, broheim? Have a seat by the fire, and let me stick this red-hot poker up your butt!'”

Meanwhile, Patton Oswalt took umbrage with a Washington Post headline that read, “Charles Manson, the fiery-eyed cult leader whose savagery shocked the nation, dies at 83.” The comedian responded, “YUCK. ‘Fiery-eyed’? Sure you don’t wanna add ‘impish,’ ‘tousled-haired’ and ‘gee-tar strummin’’? And Nia Vardalos similarly expressed, “Press now writing “fiery-eyed” and “mastermind” disgust me as much as Manson. Try coward, abuser, con-artist, murderer.”

In addition, Bryan Cranston noted, “Hearing Charles Manson is dead, I shuddered. I was within his grasp just one year before he committed brutal murder in 1969. Luck was with me when a cousin and I went horseback riding at the Span Ranch, and saw the little man with crazy eyes whom the other hippies called Charlie.” Gossip Cop will update as more celebrities react to Manson’s death.

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