Daisy Berkowitz, Marilyn Manson's Original Guitarist, Is Dead at 49

The musician born Scott Putesky battled colon cancer for the last four years.
October 23, 2017, 4:40pm
Marilyn Manson with Trent Reznor. Putesky is standing on the right. Photo by Catherine McCann for Getty Images.

Scott Putesky, better known as founding Marilyn Manson guitarist Daisy Berkowitz, has died. The news was reported by Rolling Stone, who cite Putesky's former band Jack Off Jill as their primary source. Putesky had been battling colon cancer since August 2013. He was 49.

Putesky and Marilyn Manson, then Brian Warner, formed the band Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids in 1989. It was also Putesky, building off Warner's original idea of the Manson character, who decided that all the band members' aliases would be mashups of American sex symbols and serial killers. His own name, Daisy Berkowitz, came from Daisy Duke and David "Son of Sam" Berkowitz. Putesky played guitar and was a primary songwriter on all the group's releases up to 1996's breakout Antichrist Superstar, the tense recording sessions of which caused him to leave the band. He and Manson would then become embroiled in legal disputes over unpaid royalties due to being credited on six of Superstar's songs, which ended with Putesky being paid an undisclosed amount in 1998.

We talked to Putesky in 2014, which you can read by following the link below. You can also read Manson's Instagram statement on his ex-bandmate's death.