Shock-rocker Marilyn Manson diced with death after taking ecstasy for the first time - and entering a baboon pit at an American theme park.

The ANTICHRIST SUPERSTAR singer was visiting Tampa Bay, Florida's BUSCH GARDENS attraction when he experimented with the dance drug - and decided to ask to be allowed to play with the mischievous monkeys.

He says, "They don't ever let people on the baboon cage, so they probably wanted to kill me!

"They said, 'Whatever you do, don't look it in the eye.' So, of course, I'm staring at it!"

05/05/2003 08:57