Game of Thrones’ Wilko Johnson has terminal pancreatic cancer

Paula David – Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Game of Thrones actor Wilko Johnson has recently been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, and he has decided not to fight it.

According to Johnson’s manager, Robert Hoy, in a message posted Wednesday on the actor’s Facebook page, Johnson has been diagnosed of the illness just recently and he “has chosen not to receive any chemotherapy.”

The rest of the Hoy’s message reads, “He is currently in good spirits, is not yet suffering any physical effects and can expect to enjoy at least another few months of reasonable health and activity.

“He has just set off on a trip to Japan; on his return we plan to complete a new CD, make a short tour of France, then give a series of farewell gigs in the UK. There is also a live DVD in the pipeline, filmed on the last UK tour.

“Wilko wishes to offer his sincere thanks for all the support he has had over his long career, from those who have worked with him to, above all, those devoted fans and admirers who have attended his live gigs, bought his recordings and generally made his life such an extraordinarily full and eventful experience.”

Johnson, who plays mute executioner Ser Ilyn Payne in ‘Game of Thrones,’ was a prolific musician before becoming an actor. He was one of the founding members of 70s British punk-rock band Dr. Feelgood and Solid senders, and in the 80s joined the Blockheads. He went on to record music with other musicians as the Wilco Johnson Band.

In 2005, he released his studio album, ‘Red Hot Rocking Blues,’ and last year, ‘All Through the City,’ a Dr. Feelgood box set, came out.

As for acting, in 2009, he appeared in the documentary ‘Oil city Confidential’ before being tapped to play Ilyn Payne for the first two seasons of ‘Game of Thrones.’

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