Scott Putesky, the man who co-founded Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids and played guitar under the name Daisy Berkowitz, died at the age of 49 on Sunday. Jack Off Jill, Putseky’s former band, confirmed his death to The Rolling Stone.
Putesky died after a long battle with colon cancer. He was diagnosed with stage four in August 2013, the worst kind of colon cancer.
Six days before Putesky’s death, he posted a photo on Instagram showing his yellow eyes due to jaundice, which is a side effect of the deadly cancer.
Putesky was the founding guitarist of Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids, a band he and Manson (Brian Warner) created in December 1989. The band’s purpose was a to make fun of American media hypocrisy and its obsession with serial killers and good-looking women. Putesky left the band in 1996 due to creative differences with Manson.
Putesky told Noisey in 2014 that he left the band due to friction between Manson and then-producer Trent Reznor, the founder of Nine Inch Nails.
“When we started recording I had about 10 or a dozen demos for (Manson) to listen to so we could develop something,” he told the news outlet. “I don’t know if he listened to any of them, but he never wanted to work on any of them. We had a number of unreleased songs that were contenders for Antichrist that (Manson) didn’t want to do or Trent didn’t want to record so I was being slowly muscled out as far as my contribution. And, that’s pretty much it.”
He left the band before the release of Antichrist Superstar, one of Manson’s most-popular albums, but was credited on six songs. He’s also the credited guitarist on “Sweet Dreams,” a cover song which helped launch Manson’s career.
In later years, Putesky sued Manson over royalties from Antichrist Superstar. The case was settled in 1998 for an undisclosed amount.
Despite the legal woes, Manson remembered his longtime friend in a tribute posted to Instagram on Monday.
“Scott Putesky and I made great music together,” he wrote. “We had our differences over the years, but I will always remember the good times more.”