Social media users were left confused on Sunday as tributes poured in for infamous cult leader Charles Manson, despite him having committed a string of brutal murders.
Manson, who killed nine people, including heavily pregnant Hollywood actress Sharon Tate, died on Sunday aged 83. People, however, were quick to confuse him with singer Marilyn Manson, and took to Twitter to share their condolences in droves.
Numerous social media users shared snaps of the “Beautiful People” hitmaker, alongside “RIP” messages.
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However, one person shared, “So Charles Manson died & apparently there are people in the world who think he is Marilyn Manson and/or Charles Bronson & tweeting ‘RIP’ read trending tweets to see how dumb our society has become… smh #charlesmansondead.”
“Today I learned that some people dont know the difference between Marilyn Manson and Charles Manson. That they’re allowed to vote explains a lot,” a second added.
Marilyn Manson ignored the social media furor and, instead, shared a cover of Charles Manson’s “Sick City” on YouTube.
Marilyn, whose real name is Brian Warner, took the latter half of his moniker from Manson’s surname and his first half from actress Marilyn Monroe.
Charles Manson died of natural causes on Sunday at a hospital in Kern County, the California Department of Corrections said in a statement. He had been in custody for more than 40 years.
Donald Shea, a Hollywood stuntman, and Gary Hinman, an acquaintance of the Manson Family group, were among those murdered in his spree of killings.
Manson was not at the scene of the murders, but was nonetheless convicted for directing his followers.