Daisy Berkowitz, Former Marilyn Manson Guitarist, Dead at 49

(Image credit: Marilyn Manson/Instagram)

Scott Putesky—better known as Daisy Berkowitz, the former guitarist and co-founder of Marilyn Manson—has died at the age of 49. He had been battling colon cancer since 2013.

Putesky played on the band's 1994 debut, Portrait of an American Family and their 1995 EP, Smells Like Children, before leaving the group during the recording of their 1996 album—Antichrist Superstar—after artistic disagreements with Manson himself and the album's producer, Trent Reznor.

Manson offered a tribute to Putesky on Instagram, writing "Scott Putesky and I made great music together. We had our differences over the years, but I will always remember the good times more."

"Everyone should listen to 'Man That You Fear' in his honor. That was our favorite."

Scott Putesky and I made great music together. We had our differences over the years, but I will always remember the good times more. Everyone should listen to “Man That You Fear” in his honor. That was our favorite.

A post shared by Marilyn Manson (@marilynmanson) on Oct 22, 2017 at 9:25pm PDT

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.