“Dr. Feelgood star and Game of Thrones actor Wilko Johnson has died at the age of 75

The musician rose to fame in the 1970s in the pub rock band that paved the way for British punk and also enjoyed one successful solo career.

Johnson was diagnosed with end-stage pancreatic cancer in 2013. At that time he only had 10 months to live.

A statement on his Facebook page on Wednesday said: “This is the announcement we never intended to make and it is with a heavy heart that we are making this on behalf of Wilko’s family and the band:

Wilko Johnson died. He passed away at home on Monday evening, November 21, 2022.

“Thank you for respecting the privacy of Wilko’s family at this very sad time, and thank you all for being such a tremendous support throughout Wilko’s incredible life. RIP Wilko Johnson.”

He initially chose to avoid treatment after being told he was terminal and embarked on a farewell tour, an album called Going Back Home recorded with Roger Daltrey of The Who and visiting friends on the around the world to say goodbye.

However, later tests showed that his cancer was not as aggressive as previously thought, and surgery was offered as a chance to save his life.

The musician was declared cancer-free after an 11-hour procedure that removed a tumor, his pancreas, spleen, parts of his stomach and intestines, and some blood vessels around his liver.

In an interview with The Northern Echo newspaper in 2019 he said: “It seems very unfair but I’m clear and feel pretty healthy apart from missing a pancreas but other than that I’m really fit. ”

Born on Canvey Island in Essex in 1947, he recalled his rough childhood in his autobiography. At the age of 16 he was delighted when one day he came home from school to find that his father had died.

He also said in the book that he found joy in literature, but discovered music after realizing he would never make it as a poet.

He graduated from Newcastle University before traveling to India, then returned to Essex to work as an English teacher.

Not long after, he formed Dr Feelgood with Lee Brilleaux and John B. Sparks in 1971 and played with Ian Dury And The Blockheads for a time.

He then had a long solo career with the Wilko Johnson Band.

Johnson also appeared in the hit TV game Game Of Thrones as the mute Lannister executioner Ser Ilyn Payne.

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