We have some sad news to report. Wilko Johnson, longtime musician and Game of Thrones cast member, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer of the pancreas. The Guardian has some more details, including this statement from Johnson’s manager:
“I am very sad to announce that Wilko has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer of the pancreas. He has chosen not to receive any chemotherapy. 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. Thank you.”
Wilko was a member of the band Dr. Feelgood and after leaving them started his own band, Wilko Johnson Band. He has played Ilyn Payne in Game of Thrones for the past two seasons.
Winter Is Coming: Truly heartbreaking news. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Wilko and his loved ones during this difficult time.