Sad news to deliver today, as it has been revealed that Wilko Johnson (who plays Ser Ilyn Payne on HBO’s “Game of Thrones”) has been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. The announcement was made Wednesday on Johnson’s Facebook page by his manager Robert Hoy. The post reads:
"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.”
Apart from his role as the mute executioner Ilyn Payne on “Game of Thrones”, Johnson is known best for his song writing and guitar playing, particularly in the 1970’s UK rhythm and blues band Dr. Feelgood. Johnson lost his childhood sweetheart and wife, Irene Knight, in 2004 to cancer as well.
My best thoughts and wishes go out to him, his friends and family.