( CNN) Ian Brady, who was imprisoned for sexually mistreating children and killing them with his girlfriend in the mid-1 960 s, has died at age 79, according to the UK’s Press Association and CNN affiliate ITV News.

In a statement, a Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust spokesman confirmed that a high-profile 79 -year-old patient had died.

Brady and Myra Hindley were “ve called the” “Moors Murderers” because four of their victims’ torsoes were interred on the moor outside Manchester. Hindley died in prison in 2002.