Richard Ramirez Dies in Prison, Convicted Killer was 53

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Richard Ramirez - the convicted killer nicknamed The Night Stalker, who engaged in a murder/rape spree throughout Los Angeles in the 1980s - was found dead in prison today.

The 53-year old murdered at least 13 people by climbing through the windows in their homes, while also attempting to kill five others and sexually assaulting a minimum of 11 victims.

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He was found guilty and sentenced to death in 1989 and has been on San Quentin's death row ever since.

Ramirez's cause of death is unknown at this time.

A San Quentin spokesperson said he passed away from natural causes, though a prison official tells TMZ that the convict died from Hepatitis C.

Ramirez was captured (and beaten) in 1985 by Los Angeles residents during an attempt carjacking.