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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:
RIP Marilyn Manson damn too soon
- Joshua Topolsky (@joshuatopolsky) November 20, 2017
wow rip charles manson :broken_heart::sob: taken too soon :pray::pray::pray: pic.twitter.com/Y4R04dovPt
- lalo (@negativecreeppp) November 20, 2017
Rip Charles Manson, he taught me it was ok to be weird...
- Christian (@nopoweradeinusa) November 20, 2017
RIP Charles Manson, died of complications from rib removal surgery so he could suck his own dick
- Nick Wiger (@nickwiger) November 20, 2017
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.
Marilyn Manson - Sick City https://t.co/qyybUftAHu via @YouTube pic.twitter.com/qsFdUnLcX3
- Marilyn Manson (@marilynmanson) November 20, 2017
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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