Despite his terminal cancer diagnosis, actor Wilko Johnson is making plans to tour yet again. Read a statement from the manager of the 65-year-old, who many know best as guitarist for Dr. Feelgood.
Wilko Johnson is best known to television fans as a Game of Thrones star, and beloved by music fans as a guitarist made famous while playing with Dr. Feelgood. Thursday, two worlds were shaken to hear the news the 65-year-old has terminal cancer.
Writing on Wilko Johnson’s Facebook page, his manager, Robert Hoy, broke the unfortunate news.
He began, “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.”
Somehow, despite facing terminal cancer, Wilko Johnson is not only sticking to his previously scheduled gigs, but is planning for more!
“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,” Hoy explained. “There is also a live DVD in the pipeline, filmed on the last UK tour.”
Understanding that many know and love his client, who played mute executioner Ser Ilyn Payne on Game of Thrones, Hoy added, “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.”
Our thoughts go out to Wilko Johnson, his family, friends and fans. And we send our best wishes that his farewell tour be everything he hopes for.