Dr. Feelgood Guitarist And Game Of Thrones Star Wilko Johnson Dies At 75

Wilko Johnson, the guitarist and singer-songwriter for the 1970’s British pub rock band Dr. Feelgood, passed away aged 75 on Monday, November 21. The musician also starred as the executioner Ser Ilyn Payne in the first two seasons of ‘Game of Thrones.’ The sad news was confirmed with a tweet from the late artist’s official Twitter account.

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

Johnson enjoyed a long and remarkable career in the rock scene. He played on four Dr. Feelgood albums in the ’70s and also appeared on Ian Dury and the Blockheads’ 1980 album ‘Laughter.’ The late musician also released several records with his self-titled Wilco Johnson Band. Besides all those, Wilko also collaborated with the Who’s Roger Daltrey for the album ‘Going Back Home,’ released in 2014.

The guitarist stepped into an acting career later in his life and made his debut in the role of mute executioner Ser Ilyn Payne in both the first and second seasons of the influential HBO show ‘Game of Thrones.’ Johnson also appeared in Julian Temple’s documentary ‘Oil City Confidential.’

Although the cause of his death has not been made public yet, it is known that the late singer had been diagnosed with late-stage pancreatic cancer in 2013. The following year, it was discovered that he did have a less aggressive and treatable form of the disease. So, it was safely removed with surgery, and Johnson was declared cancer-free in 2014 after the treatment. Following his death, many fellow artists took to social media to pay tribute to him.