Former Marilyn Manson Guitarist Daisy Berkowitz Dies at 49

Daisy Berkowitz
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Daisy Berkowitz (standing) backstage at the taping of the last episode of the "Jon Stewart Show" in June 1995 in New York City.

Former Marilyn Manson guitarist Daisy Berkowitz (born Scott Putesky), has died at age 49 after a four-year battle with colon cancer. The news was announced by his friends in Jack off Jill and confirmed via a tribute from Manson. 

“Scott Putesky and I made great music together,” Manson wrote on Instagram. “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 honour. That was our favourite.”

Putesky linked up with Manson in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, in 1989, serving as guitarist in the early version of Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids, taking on one of the band's signature twisted pop-culture stage handles, which mixed the names of famous screen icons/models and serial killers -- in his case Daisy Duke from The Dukes of Hazzard and Son of San killer David Berkowitz. The guitarist toured extensively and performed on the group's 1994 debut, Portrait of an American Family and the 1995 EP Smells Like Children, which featured the band's signature cover of the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Mad of This)." 

The guitarist left the group in 1996 before finishing work on what would be Manson's breakthrough album, Antichrist Superstar, though he has writing credits on half a dozen tracks on the release. Manson settled a $15 million lawsuit brought by Putesky over royalties, publishing rights and performance fees out of court in 1998. Following his split with the shock rocker, Putesky performed and recorded under the name Scott Mitchell and recorded as the Linda Blairs with Jack Off Jill singer Jessicka.

Putesky was born on April 28, 1968. He released a series of albums under the name Three Ton Gate before joining the band Kill Miss Pretty in 2010. His final album, under The Daisy Kids moniker, Mr Conrad Samsung, came out in 2015. The guitarist launched a GoFundMe campaign in January, 2015 to help wit his medical expenses.

"Every donation, no matter the amount, will keep my head and heart up and going day by day," he wrote at the time. "I was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer August 2013 and have been on a long and difficult road since. Chemotherapy for the first six months (side effects include extreme fatigue, weakness, nausea ...) and removal of my tumor, in April 2014, followed. I'm starting a new chemo plan again soon and I am feeling alright every other weak. I may look good but I don't always feel good."