'Son of Sam' serial killer David Berkowitz hospitalized for heart surgery: reports

David Berkowitz, the New York City serial killer known as the “Son of Sam,” has been hospitalized, according to reports. 

Berkowitz, 64, was transported to an Albany-area hospital from the Shawangunk Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison, on Tuesday, according to officials. 

Officials have not commented on the reason for Berkowitz's hospitalization, but both the New York Post and the Times Union of Albany report he was brought in to undergo heart surgery. 

Berkowitz is serving six consecutive 25-years-to-life sentences. Berkowitz, who was known in the tabloids as the “Son of Sam” and the “.44 Caliber Killer,” murdered six people and wounded seven others in eight separate attacks between July 1976 and July 1977 in New York City. 

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UNITED STATES - AUGUST 11: David Berkowitz, 'Son of Sam' self-portrait from a coin-operated photo booth during his stint in the Army. (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
A police sketch of the suspect in the Son of Sam killings, and the official police headshot of the murderer, David Berkowitz.
Police Headquarters, 1 Police Plaza. Police officials bring in handcuffed Son-of-Sam suspect David Berkowitz to side entrance of Police Headquarters. (Photo By: Al Aaronson/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
Police mug shot showing the front view and profile of convicted New York City serial killer David Berkowitz, known as the 'Son of Sam'. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
David Berkowitz, a 24-year-old postal worker, is taken from the Gold Street station house to Brooklyn Criminal Courts Building. Berkowitz was arrested August 10 outside his Yonkers home as a suspect in the 'Son of Sam' murder case.
David Berkowitz. August 11, 1977. (Photo by Nury Hernandez/New York Post Archives / (c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images)
Among those at Kings County Hospital to demand the execution of David Berkowitz were (from left), Eva Freund, Neysa Moskowitz, Olga Freund and Alice and Dikran Voskerichian. September 21, 1977. (Photo by Vic DeLucia/New York Post Archives / (c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) David Berkowitz (right), the convicted 'Son of Sam' killer, addresses the media after calling a news conference at the Attica Correctional Facility. Minutes before Wyoming County Judge John Conable refused Berkowitz's request to be ruled competent to handle his own affairs and told Berkowitz his case would be taken up in State Supreme Court in Brooklyn. Seated to Berkowitz's left is Attica inmate attorney William Phillips.
UNITED STATES - MAY 23: Daily News Front page May 23, 1978, Headline: BERKOWITZ GOES WILD IN COURT, 'I'll Kill Them All,' He Shouts;, Sentencing Putt Off to June 12, David Berkowitz screams obscenities as guards struggle to drag him from courtroom., Son of Sam (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
David Berkowitz in Jail -- Minister Rox Ann Tavriellowith and David Berkowitz during a bible lesson in Jai. June 18, 1995. (Photo by Spencer A. Burnett/New York Post Archives / (c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Nathan Berkowitz, the adoptive father of Son of Sam suspect David Berkowitz, speaks to newsmen 10/31 in NY after he was named conservator of his son's assets. The ruling was issued after a hearing at which the defendant, testifying for the first time in connection with the Son of Sam murders, declared: 'I have no right to control my affairs as a prisoner and an animal and as less than human. I love my dad.'
David Berkowitz in Jail -- David Berkowitz studies the bible inside the jail. June 18, 1995. (Photo by Spencer A. Burnett/New York Post Archives / (c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images)
David Berkowitz in Jail -- David Berkowitz studies the bible inside the jail. June 18, 1995. (Photo by Spencer A. Burnett/New York Post Archives / (c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images)
David Berkowitz in Jail -- David Berkowitz prays to ask for forgiveness in Jail. June 18, 1995. (Photo by Spencer A. Burnett/New York Post Archives / (c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images)
David Berkowitz in Jail -- Minister Rox Ann Tavriello with David Berkowitz during a bible lesson in jail. June 18, 1995. (Photo by Spencer A. Burnett/New York Post Archives / (c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images)
David Berkowitz. September 20, 1977. (Photo by Frank Leonardo/New York Post Archives / (c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images)
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He was arrested on August 10, 1977, and sentenced to prison in March 1978 after pleading guilty to the six murders. 

He has been denied parole every time he has been eligible, most recently in June 2016. His next parole hearing is May 2018.

During his time in prison, he claims he has converted to Christianity and has apologized for his crimes.

He now goes by the name the “Son of Hope,” and preaches the Bible behind bars. 

“As I have communicated many times throughout the years, I am deeply sorry for the pain, suffering and sorrow I have brought upon the victims of my crimes," Berkowitz, now 64, wrote in a statement on his website. “I regret what I've done and I'm haunted by it."

Donna DeMasi, who was 16 when she was shot by Berkowitz in 1976, told InsideEdition.com earlier this year that she believes he may have reformed, but remains confident he'll never be released.

"I feel people can change," she said. "Let him change in jail. He is never going to come out. I will never see him and never have to see him and I am thankful.”

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