Wilko Johnson, Dr. Feelgood, Game of Thrones guitarist and actor, dies at 75

Wilco JohnsonGuitarist for British blues-rock band Dr. Feelgood has died. He was 75 years old.

Statement posted Wednesday on Johnson Official social media accounts On behalf of his family, the musician passed away on Monday evening at his home in the southeast of England.

“This is the announcement we never wanted to make, and we’re making this on behalf of the Wilko family and the band, with a very heavy heart: Wilko Johnson has passed away,” the Facebook post began.

He passed away peacefully In his sleep at his home in Westcliff-on-Sea on Monday evening, November 21, 2022. He was 75 years old.

Wilko Johnson, guitarist for Dr. Feelgood, has passed away. He was 75 years old.
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“Thank you for respecting the Wilko family’s privacy at this very sad time, and thank you all for such tremendous support throughout Wilko’s amazing life. RIP Wilko Johnson,” the statement concluded.

Born in 1947, John Wilkinson grew up on Canvey Island. He studied Anglo-Saxon literature at Newcastle University and worked as a teacher before forming Dr. Feelgood with other local friends.

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Besides being the lead guitarist for a blues rock band, Johnson has also portrayed Ser Ilyn Payne “Game of thrones.”

In 2012, it was Johnson He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer It was said to be terminal. The prospect of unexpectedly dying his creative energies. Refusing chemotherapy, he decided to go on one last tour and recorded a “final” album, Going Back Home, with Roger Daltrey of The Who.

“I suddenly found myself in a situation where nothing mattered anymore,” Johnson told the Associated Press in 2013.

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“I’m naturally miserable… I’d be worried about my tax returns or all the things we worry about that get in the way of the real stuff. And suddenly it doesn’t matter anymore. It all doesn’t matter.”

“You walk down the street and you feel intensely alive. You’re ‘Oh, look at that paper!'” You look around and think, “I’m alive. Isn’t that cool?”

In 2014, Johnson declared himself cancer-free after undergoing surgery to remove a 3-kilogram (6.6-pound) tumor. He released another album, Blow Your Mind, in 2018, and played concert with the Wilko Johnson Band until last month.

Johnson is survived by his sons Simon and Matthew and grandson Dylan.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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