Founding Marilyn Manson Guitarist Daisy Berkowitz Battling Colon Cancer
Published Nov 15, 2013In a bit of truly sad news, we've learned that Scott Putesky — a.k.a. Daisy Berkowitz, the guitarist who played on some of Marilyn Manson's formative works — is currently battling colon cancer.
WLRN [via Blabbermouth] reports that the 45-year-old Putesky was diagnosed with stage-four colon cancer back in August after suffering unexplained pains for almost six years. He's now undergoing a six-month course of chemotherapy.
According to the National Cancer Institute, stage-four cancer means that the disease may have spread.
To help him pay for his medical expenses, some friends are staging a benefit concert at Churchill's Pub in Miami on Saturday (November 16). There are a whopping 16 bands listed on the event's Facebook page, plus a number of visual artists. Putesky won't be on hand since he'll be receiving treatment in Philadelphia.
Putesky met Brain Warner — who later renamed himself Marilyn Manson — in 1989. The two later formed Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids, and Putesky played on recordings like 1994's Portrait of an American Family, the breakthrough 1995 single "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" and 1996's Antichrist Superstar. He left during the making of Antichrist Superstar.
Putesky has continued to play music since learning Marilyn Manson, performing and recording with a string of projects. He recently released a single with his own band, the Daisy Kids, and has done production work.