Actor Has Terminal Cancer: When Will Wilko Johnson Stop Working On 'Game Of Thrones'? [VIDEO]
Wilko Johnson, who was once the guitarist for '70s band Dr. Feelgood and now an actor on "Games of Thrones" has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, according to his 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," his manager Robert Hoy announced on Johnson's Facebook page Wednesday.
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"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."
Though they believe that Johnson, who plays the mute executioner Ser Ilyn Payne on the HBO series, has only been give a few more months to live, he has decided to continue working and going on with daily activities for as long as he can.
"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 U.K.," his manager said.
The 65-year-old actor, who was born in Canvey Island, Essex, England, found a large following for playing a vintage Fender Telecaster without using a pick. The playing style, which is called "fingerstyle guitar, is unusual and allowed him to play rhythm guitar, riffs and solos at the same time. His unique style sets the tone for the band's first four albums, Down by the Jetty, Malpractice, Stupidity and Sneakin' Suspicion, released between 1975 and 1977.
Watch Johnson in one of his many concerts here...
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