The death of the infamous Yorkshire Ripper was "as pitiful as the vile life he lived", according to a source who was there.

Peter Sutcliffe died in hospital in the early hours of Friday morning after refusing to undergo treatment for Covid-19.

Two weeks ago he suffered a heart attack and had since returned to prison, but in the last few days he took a turn for the worse after developing coronavirus.

Strict social distancing protocols meant visitors were barred from his bedside and the serial killer likely spent his final moments alone.

"No tears were shed," a source told The Sun.

Sutcliffe had spent more than half his life behind bars for his vicious crimes

"His death was as pitiful as the vile life he had lived."

No formal cause of death has yet been established, it's understood.

A Prison Service spokesman said: "HMP Frankland prisoner Peter Coonan (born Sutcliffe) died in hospital on 13 November.

"The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman has been informed."

Sutcliffe was 74 years old and had spent more than half his life behind bars for his vicious crimes.

He was nicknamed the Yorkshire Ripper for his brutal targeting of women in the north of England, murdering at least 13 women and attempting to kill seven others in a reign of terror between 1975 and 1980.

He murdered at least 13 women and attempted to kill seven others in a reign of terror between 1975 and 1980

Authorities suspect he may have killed even more victims but he never admitted to this.

His crimes launched one of the biggest manhunts of the century until his eventual arrest in 1981 for driving with false number plates.

When questioned about the murders he confessed, claiming he was a "beast" driven to kill by a "devil" inside him.

Sutcliffe was handed 20 concurrent life sentences and spent almost 40 years locked up in both psychiatric hospital Broadmoor and HMP Frankland, a Category A prison home to some of Britain's most depraved killers.

He had recently reportedly told his fellow inmates he was terrified of contracting Covid-19 as his age, obesity and diabetes placed him in the highest risk category.

He tested positive for the virus and he was taken to University Hospital of North Durham

His health declined rapidly after he tested positive for the virus and he was taken to University Hospital of North Durham.

However the devout Jehovah's Witness refused medical treatment, telling doctors he had no desire to prolong his life artificially.

Sutcliffe was reportedly confident of going to heaven in the event that he died from the deadly virus.