Former Marilyn Manson Bassist Gidget Gein Dies

October 14, 2008

Gidget Gein (aka Brad Stewart), the original bass player for Marilyn Manson was found dead in his Burbank, California, home on Thursday of an apparent drug overdose. He was 39.

According to the L.A. Weekly, Gein, whose stage name was derived from the cutesy '60s surfer girl played by Sally Field and noted serial killer Ed Gein, had recently finished a stint in rehab and had e-mailed the paper that he had formed a new band called People.

Stewart was a part of the original Manson lineup from 1989 until 1993. Gein got kicked out because of his increasing drug use and was replaced by Twiggy Ramirez. Gein recorded and helped write the first M. Manson album Portrait of an American Family, but was replaced before the album's pictures were taken.

Following his departure from the band, Gein went on two form the band Gidget Gein & the Dali Gaggers and was often the center of attention for his goth-influenced artwork, which was displayed at L.A. parties.