Wilko Johnson, the popular British guitarist of 1970s pub-rock band Dr. Feelgood, has died aged 75. , on November 21, after a long battle with terminal cancer. The news of his death was confirmed on Wednesday with an official announcement shared via his Twitter page. The statement revealed that the musician died at his home. No further details were given, but the guitarist’s family thanked fans for granting them privacy to mourn the loss.
“This is the announcement we never wanted to make, and we make it with very heavy hearts: Wilko Johnson has passed away. He passed away at his home on Monday, November 21. Please respect the privacy of the family. in these very sad times. RIP Wilko Johnson,” the ad read.
It was in early 2013 that the musician was diagnosed with advanced stage pancreatic cancer and was told by doctors that his chances of making it out alive were slim. However, a year later, after undergoing major surgery, he was declared cancer-free. Hailing from Canvey Island, Essex, Johnson rose to fame with Dr Feelgood, whose expertise in rock R&B and guitar was a major influence in English punk music. After bonding with Dr Feelgood, he joined Ian Dury and The Blockheads in the 1980s. He then started his own Wilko Johnson Band.
Along with his music career, Johnson also had a small role on the hit fantasy web show Games of Thrones. For those unaware, he tried out for the role of mute executioner Ser Ilyn Payne. Notably, it was her first screen appearance and was to be her last. He appeared in a total of three episodes in Season 1 and one in Season 2.
He is survived by his two sons.
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