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Daisy Berkowitz, Co-Founder of Marilyn Manson, Dead at 49

Scott Putesky, better known by his stage-name Daisy Berkowitz, was the co-founder and lead guitarist of the industrial metal group, Marilyn Manson. According to Blabbermouth, Putesky died after a four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 49.

Putesky—who took his pseudonym by combining Daisy Duke and serial killer David Berkowitz—was one of the original “Spooky Kids” and is credited with playing guitar on the group’s earliest records, Portrait of an American Family (1994) and Smells Like Children (1995). Creative differences ultimately caused him to leave the band in 1996, midway through recording their breakout album, Antichrist Superstar

During his time with the band, Putesky performed guitar on their covers of The Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of These)” which helped launch the band’s career. He is also credited with writing such influential tracks as “Tourniquet,” “Lunchbox,” “Get Your Gunn” and “Dope Hat.”

After leaving Manson, he worked on his first solo project, Three Ton Gate, before working with the underground feminist punk band, Jack Off Jill, and D.C.-based rock band, Godhead. In 2004, after a series of legal battles between Putesky and Manson (real name Brian Warner), he obtained the rights to 21 recordings by “Marilyn Manson and The Spooky Kids,” and released 10 of them on the compilation Lunch Boxes & Choklit Cows. He also worked with groups Stuck on Evil, Kill Miss Pretty, and The Daisy Kids.

Putesky was first diagnosed with colon cancer in 2013, after six years of experiencing abdominal pains. According to Metal Injection, he was receiving chemotherapy treatment in Philadelphia.

Manson (Warner)  paid tribute to the departed rocker with a statement on his Instagram: 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.”

WATCH: MARILYN MANSON – “TOURNIQUET”

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