Marilyn Manson founding guitarist Scott Putesky, best known by his blonde bombshell and American serial killer-influenced moniker Daisy Berkowitz, has passed away after a long battle with colon cancer. He was 49.
The news was confirmed by Putesky's recent band Jack Off Jill on Twitter early Monday morning. His failing health had caused the band to cancel a show in Glasgow last month while Putesky continued to rest under doctor's care. Monday's tweet on Jack Off Jill's official account read "You fought so hard. Peace for you. Hearts break for all of us."
Studesky will perhaps best be remembered as the founding guitarist for American shock rock band Marilyn Manson. He met Brian Warner, who would later adopt the stage name Marilyn Manson, in the late '80s in Florida and created Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids. The group was then noticed by Nine Inch Nails member Trent Reznor and signed to his Nothing record label, releasing their debut album, Portrait of an American Family, in 1994. A widely successful EP titled Smells Like Children followed, which featured the hit cover of "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" by Eurythmics.
Studesky would quickly leave Marilyn Manson during tracking of their sophomore effort, Antichrist Superstar. Citing creative differences, he claimed he was being phased out of the group after Warner failed to consider listening to his demos for the album in the writing stage. He would be credited for six songs on the record, though would later sue over unpaid royalty rights and earn the rights of 21 unreleased recordings with the band.
A career in music continued for Studesky, who would go on to form Three Ton Gate and cover band The Linda Blair's before creating Jack Off Jill in 1998. The latter disbanded in 2000 and released two albums, though a 2015 reunion had them playing sporadically until Studesky's death Monday. Though he was sidelined for the group's current European run, he was battling his Stage Four colon cancer and recently took to Twitter to promote his GoFundMe page to raise money for medical expenses.
Manson took to Instagram on Monday to reflect on his relationship with Studesky. "Scott Putesky and I made great music together," Manson said. "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."
Jack Off Jill began sharing moments with Studesky on Facebook on Monday. "Saying good bye to Scott, friend, band mate, artist , hero.. RIP Scott," one message said. "always touched by your presence dear."