In this last week, many notable Americans passed away. The nation mournes the passing of two musicians and an actor. An NFL champion and a NASA astronaut left us this week as well. These amazing people came from various walks of life, helping to shape American culture. May they be remembered forever.


Scott Putesky (1968-2017) was a musician. He was widely known by his stage name Daisy Berkowitz and was the lead guitarist and co-founder of the band Marilyn Manson, which formed in 1989. In 1996, Puteseky left the group while they were working on the album, “Antichrist Superstar,” due to creative differences with Brian Warner (Marilyn Manson).

In 1997, Putesky adopted the stage name SMP and worked on his first solo project with new band Three Ton Gate.

Over the years he would also work with bans like "Jack Off Jill [sic],", "Kill Miss Pretty," and "The Daisy Kids." The news of Putesky's death was confirmed in a tribute post by Manson. He died on October 22 at age 49 from colon cancer.

Robert Guillaume (1927-2017) was an actor who performed on stage, TV, in moves and did voice work for video games. He is best known for his roles as Issac Jaffe on “Sports Night” and as Benson in “Soap” and its spin-off series “Benson.” According to IMDB, he won two Primetime Emmy awards, was nominated for four more as well as three Golden Globes for portraying Benson.

On Broadway, he was nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of Nathan Detroit in “Guys and Dolls.” Youngsters would best know him as the voice of Rafiki in Disney's various “Lion King” movies.

That role earned him a Grammy Award in 1995 for his spoken-word performance of the audiobook version of the film. Among gamers, he is best known for voicing Dr. Eli Vance in “Half-Life 2” and its two follow-up episodes. His wife told the Associated Press that Guillaume died on October 24 at age 89 from prostate cancer.

Fats Domino (1928-2017) was a pianist and singer-songwriter.

The legendary New Orleans born musician had been involved in the music scene since the late 1940s, recording his first record “The Fat Man” in 1949. Within four years it had sold a million copies, though to be one of the first early rock' n roll records to do so.

Domino is best known for his classic songs from the 1950s and early 1960s like “Ain't That a Shame”, “Blueberry Hill”, “I'm Walkin”, “I Want to Walk You Home” and “Walking to New Orleans.” According to his official website, he has sold more than 65 million records, produced over 25 gold singles and made almost 50 albums.

In 1986, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. ABC News received confirmation from the Jefferson's Parish Coroner's office that Domino died on October 24 at age 89.


Chuck Weber (1930-2017) was an NFL linebacker who played seven seasons (1955-61) for the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Cardinals, and Philadelphia Eagles. In 80 career games, he had ten interceptions, six fumble recoveries, and one defensive touchdown.

He won NFL Championships with the Browns in 1955 and Eagles in 1960.

After retirement, Weber coached for 21 years (1964-85), serving as defensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals (70-74) and Baltimore Colts (80-81). Weber died on October 22 at age 87.


Paul Weitz (1932-2017) was a NASA astronaut. In the early 1970's he served as the command module pilot on the first crew of the orbiting space laboratory known as Skylab. In April 1983, he commanded the first flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger. In 1994, he retired as the deputy director of the Johnson Space Center with 793 logged hours in space.

According to Laura Cutchens of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, Weitz died on October 22 at age 85.