With his pale white skin and eerie off-colour eyes, Marilyn Manson is no stranger to controversy. However, his fans can breath a sigh of relief today in the knowledge that - despite what the the internet may have claimed - he remains very much alive and has yet to be accused of murder.

The misunderstanding came following the news notorious cult leader Charles Manson died of natural causes yesterday aged 83.

Fair-weather fans and trolls have been posting 'tributes' on Twitter:

Marilyn Manson - whose real name is Brian Warner - took his stage name from mashing two apparently contradictory American figures together: Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson.

He explained his decision in his autobiography The Long Hard Road Out Of Hell, writing: "The balance between good and evil and the choices we make between them are probably the single most important aspects shaping our personalities and humanity...Marilyn Monroe had a dark side just as Charles Manson has a good, intelligent side."

In his book Charles Manson: Music Mayhem Murder, Tommy Udo, writes: "By conflating the names of America's greatest symbol with the name of its greatest icon of terror, Marilyn Manson set out to subvert 'Christian' America."

This isn't the only time Marilyn Monroe has referenced the murderous Manson in his work, he recorded an acoustic cover version of the serial killer's own song, 'Sick City', in 2000.

Some people were unhappy that others were posting RIP Charles Manson on Twitter - whether they mean it genuinely or otherwise.

This all said, the Manson that's still living - Marilyn, that is - is probably really chuffed that his name is out there causing so much havoc, even if the context is a bit pale.

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Chris Ogden

Chris Ogden is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from the University of East Anglia with degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing before completing his NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism. Chris has previously written for the independent culture magazine The Skinny, among other publications.

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