Dr. Feelgood rocker and Game of Thrones star Wilko Johnson dies aged 75 following pancreatic cancer battle
Dr. Feelgood rocker and Game of Thrones star Wilko Johnson has died at the age of 75 following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Johnson was given a terminal diagnosis in 2013 and was told he had 10 months to live after he chose not to undergo chemotherapy.
The talented star defied the odds by surviving for a further nine years, passing away peacefully at his home on Monday.
RIP: Dr. Feelgood rocker and Game of Thrones star Wilko Johnson has died at the age of 75 following a battle with pancreatic cancer
A statement from his band said: ‘This is the announcement we never wanted to make, & we do so with a very heavy heart: Wilko Johnson has died.
‘He passed away at home on Monday 21st November. Thank you for respecting the family’s privacy at this very sad time. RIP Wilko Johnson.’
In 2013, Wilko revealed he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer of the pancreas.
The musician vowed to honour his touring commitments and keep playing as long as he can.
Johnson’s manager posted a statement on the star’s official Facebook page, adding he had declined chemotherapy.
Manager Robert Hoy said: ‘He said he wants to make the very best of the time he has left, playing and partying when he can.
‘He is currently in good spirits and is not yet suffering any physical effects and can expect to enjoy at least another few months of reasonable health and activity.
‘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 was known for his unique, choppy guitar style, having learned to play right-handed, despite being left-handed.
He played and wrote with Dr Feelgood in the mid 1970s, on albums including Down by the Jetty, Malpractice, Stupidity and Sneakin’ Suspicion.
After founding the band Solid Senders in 1977, he went on to join Ian Dury’s The Blockheads in 1980.
He then went on to play a mute executioner in Game Of Thrones.
Johnson, who lives in his home county of Essex, was left widowed when his wife Irene lost her battle with cancer in 2004. The couple are survived by their son Simon.