Wilko Johnson, ‘Game Of Thrones’ Actor And British Punk Pioneer, Dead At 75

Wilko Johnson, the guitarist for Dr. Feelgood who starred in “Game of Thrones” as royal executioner Ser Ilyn Payne, died Monday. He was recognized with late-stage pancreatic most cancers in 2013, however the reason for his loss of life has but to be made public. Johnson was 75.

“This is the announcement we never wanted to make, & we do so with a very heavy heart: Wilko Johnson has died,” read a message on his Twitter account. “He passed away at home on Monday 21st November. Thank you for respecting the family’s privacy at this very sad time.”

Johnson was advised in 2013 that he had 9 to 10 months to dwell and declined chemotherapy, The Guardian reported. The next yr, nonetheless, docs realized his most cancers was a much more treatable neuroendocrine tumor and safely eliminated the 6.6-pound development.

“Now, I’m spending my time gradually coming to terms with the idea that my death is not imminent, that I am going to live on,” he stated in 2014, in keeping with the outlet.

Johnson had a particular model of taking part in the guitar and sometimes wielded it like a gun.

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Born John Peter Wilkinson in Canvey Island in Essex in 1947, Johnson began taking part in the guitar in his teenagers. He shaped Dr. Feelgood with singer Lee Brilleaux, drummer John Martin and bassist John Sparks in 1971, with their work an enormous affect on British punk music.

Johnson’s model was distinct — he wielded his guitar like a gun, fingerpicked his riffs and grimaced whereas taking part in. Dr. Feelgood launched 4 albums, three of which entered the U.Okay.’s Prime 20 albums chart, earlier than artistic infighting led Johnson to depart the band.

“I’m sad to hear today of the passing of Wilko Johnson, the Dr Feelgood guitarist and singer/songwriter,” tweeted Jimmy Page. “I saw Wilko perform at Koko in Camden in May 2013 and the atmosphere was electric. This show was originally billed as his farewell tour.”

Johnson shaped the Strong Senders after Dr. Feelgood, in keeping with his web site. The group made one album in 1978 earlier than he joined the Blockheads for his or her 1980 album “Laughter.” He then shaped the Wilko Johnson Band, which launched seven albums, the ultimate one in 2018.

With a particular jawline and roster of emotive grimaces, the bald rockstar was finally solid in “Game of Thrones,” one of the vital profitable TV exhibits of all time. Johnson performed Ser Ilyn Payne in 2010, showing within the first season as a visitor star earlier than returning within the second.

“I thought it was gonna be something like ‘Xena: The Princess Warrior,’” Johnson advised QA Reside in 2015, referring to the collection “Xena: Warrior Princess.”

“I thought, ‘Yeah I’ll do that. I’ll probably get a leather jacket out of it.’”

Johnson’s mates and colleagues have been paying tribute on Twitter to the forebear of British punk music and fearless widower who confronted most cancers head-on.