Scott Putesky, more famously known as Daisy Berkowitz during his tenure as the guitarist for the alternative metal band Marilyn Manson, has passed away at the age of 49.
As The San Antoni Current reports, the former Marilyn Manson guitarist has passed today after a four year battle with colon cancer.
Forming Marilyn Manson & The Spooky Kids with schoolmate Brian Warner in the late ’80s, the pair eventually chose the stage names of Daisy Berkowitz and Marilyn Manson, respectively. Soon, the band’s sound and name evolved into the Marilyn Manson that fans know and love today.
Serving as the guitarist for all of the band’s formative releases, Putesky left the bad in 1996 during the recording of the breakthrough record Antichrist Superstar due to intense infighting within the band, and a large amount of hate directed at him personally. Reportedly, band members, and the record’s producer, Trent Reznor, had repeatedly mistreated Putesky during this time period, destroying his instruments and verbally abusing him frequently.
Following his retirement from Marilyn Manson, Scott Putseky retired his Daisy Berkowitz stage name, choosing to release music under his initials, SMP, in addition to using the name Three Ton Gate. Eventually, Putseky would also join the riot-grrrl group Jack Off Jill as lead guitarist, a group that had previously had a close association with Marilyn Manson.
Jack Off Jill took to their Facebook page earlier today to share a tribute to the guitarist, saying “good bye to Scott, friend, band mate, artist, hero.”
Scott Putesky’s former bandmate, Marilyn Manson, has yet to release a statement on the matter. However, the duo’s relationship was hostile at best following Putesky’s departure from the group, with the guitarist suing the vocalist for unpaid royalties and rights to unreleased recordings.