Doctor Feelgood star and Game of Thrones actor Wilco Johnson dies aged 75

    Doctor Feelgood star and Game of Thrones actor Wilco Johnson dies aged 75

    The musician rose to fame in the 1970s pub rock band that helped pave the way for British punk and was also admired successful solo career.

    Johnson was diagnosed with late-stage pancreatic cancer in 2013. Then he had 10 months to live.

    A statement on his Facebook page on Wednesday said: “This is an announcement we never wanted to make, and it is with a very heavy heart that we make it on behalf of the Wilco family and the band:

    Wilco Johnson died. He died at home on Monday evening, November 21, 2022.

    “Thank you for respecting the Wilke family’s privacy at this very sad time, and thank you all for being such a huge support throughout Wilke’s incredible life. RIP Wilco Johnson.”

    He initially decided to avoid treatment after being told he was terminally ill and embarked on a farewell tour, an album called Going Back Home recorded with The Who’s Roger Daltrey and visiting friends around the world to say goodbye.

    However, later tests revealed that the cancer was not as aggressive as previously thought, and surgery was offered as a chance to save his life.

    After an 11-hour procedure in which the tumor, pancreas, spleen, parts of the stomach and intestines, and some blood vessels around the liver were removed, the musician was declared cancer-free.

    In an interview with The Northern Echo newspaper in 2019, he said: “It seems very unfair, but I’m fully fit and feel pretty healthy, apart from the fact that I’m missing my pancreas, but other than that I’m really fit.” .

    Born on Canvey Island in Essex in 1947, he recalled in his autobiography that he had a difficult childhood and, aged 16, was delighted to come home from school one day to find that his father had died.

    In the book, he also said that he found joy in literature, but after realizing that he would never give it up as a poet, he discovered music.

    He graduated from Newcastle University before traveling in India, then returning to Essex to work as an English teacher.

    Shortly after, in 1971 he formed Dr Feelgood with Lee Brilleau and John B. Sparks and went on to play with Jan Dury and The Blockheads.

    He then had a long solo career playing with The Wilko Johnson Band.

    Johnson also appeared in the TV hit Game of Thrones as the mute Lannister cat Ser Ilyn Payne.

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