Barbara J. Warner, the 68-year-old mother of shock rocker Marilyn Manson (a.k.a. Brian Warner), died on May 13 after a long battle with dementia.
The singer wrote on his Facebook page earlier today: “Mother, to the first and greatest believer in me … I hope I see you again someday. But not now, because I have more things I promised I would do. I’ll make you proud and satisfied that you know that you made the son you wanted. I love you.”
A May 18 obituary posted by CantonRep.com reads as follows: “Barbara J. Warner, age 68, passed peacefully on Tuesday after a long battle with dementia. She was a wife, lover, mother and friend who will be missed forever. Survived by her husband, Hugh A. Warner; and a son, Brian H. Warner. Services were private. The Lamiell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be made to www.lamiellfuneralhome.com.”
Speaking to The Guardian in July 2012, Manson stated about his mother, “My mom has dementia so she doesn’t know who I am now, but when she did, she’d say, ‘Gentlemen prefer blondes.’ And I would say: ‘But I’m a villain.'” He also told Revolver magazine earlier that year: “I don’t have the same ambition and drive, the determination, the fearlessness, the anger and relentlessness that I had when I started this. I have some of it, different elements of it, different percentages of it, and I’m not saying the stuff I did before I came to this realization was irrelevant. I had to do it to get to it. But I guess part of it was coming to terms with family things, like my mother being ill and diagnosed with dementia, being faced with that concept. Coming to terms with mortality — not of my own, because I’ve always been fearless of that, and I’m never afraid to die for what I believe in. But while I’ll always make jokes and deny t in a [‘American Psycho’ protagonist] Patrick Bateman sort of sense, I’m not completely devoid of human emotions. I do have feelings, and I have a lot more feelings than people probably imagine, and that’s what makes me so guarded. So it was a lot of me coming to terms with that. I had to prove to the people that already know and care about me that I’m worth caring about, and that I’m a motherfucker to be reckoned with. And I wanted to show the rest of the world exactly what I showed them. Whatever it was that got people’s attention, what made them want to listen to my first album, I just wanted to have that gleam in my eye, that fire in me.”