Peter Sutcliffe, 73, died today at Frankland Prison. Ripper of Yorkshire was suffering from breathing difficulties, high blood pressure and diabetes, according to reports.
His age and ill health at the last month made the murderer to spend most of his time in his cell.
Other prisoners were reading to him but he was a lonely figure at Frankland Prison, often seen wandering the landings muttering to himself, according to an unnamed official.
It was also said that he was struggling to sleep, complaining about having nightmares and being haunted by his victims’ faces.
Few days ago one prison source told: “Sutcliffe‘s life expectancy is relatively short. He could be dead in a matter of weeks.
“He is in the final stages of life and his own death is now something he is preoccupied with.
“He has reached that stage where every time he gets ill he never fully recovers and so is on a steady decline.”
The Ripper, who was convicted in 1981 of murdering 13 women and attempting to kill seven more, was moved from Broadmoor Hospital to Frankland and lost his fight to stay in Broadmoor.
He was sent to the secure psychiatric facility in Berkshire in 1983 after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. But a health tribunal subsequently ruled he no longer needs treatment for the disorder.
Sutcliffe, from Bradford, killed women in West Yorkshire and Manchester between 1975 and 1980. He worked as a lorry driver during his murderous spree, usually beating his victims to death with a hammer before mutilating their bodies.