Guitarist and ‘Game of Thrones’ star was 75

British rock guitarist and “Game of Thrones” star Wilko Johnson has died at age 75.

The multi-talented singer died at his home on Monday, according to report posted on his social media.

“This is an announcement we have not wanted to make, and we do so with a heavy heart: Wilko Johnson has passed away,” the statement read. “Thank you for respecting the privacy of the family during this difficult time. RIP Wilko Johnson.

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Johnson’s cause of death has not been revealed – but he has been open about his previous battle with pancreatic cancer.

He is best known as the guitarist in the British band Dr. Feel good. In 1976, the group’s album “Stupidity” was number one in the UK, but Johnson left the group a year later. He then joined Ian Drury and the Blockheads, and released his own music – including an album with the Who’s Roger Daltrey in 2014.

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Wilko Johnson performs on stage at the O2 Arena on December 13, 2015 in London, England.
Wilko Johnson has died at the age of 75.
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Wilko Johnson performs during Planet Rock's Rocktober event at the O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire on October 18, 2022 in London, England.
Wilko Johnson performs during Planet Rock’s Rocktober event at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on October 18, 2022 in London, England.
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The guitarist becomes a great singer thanks to his unique style and wild stage presence. Although he was left-handed, he learned and was able to play the guitar right-handed.

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Along with his long musical career, Johnson made his debut in “Game of Thrones” as the silent assassin Per Ilyn Payne in the first and second seasons of the HBO series.

Guitarist Wilko Johnson, singer Lee Brilleaux, drummer John 'The Big Figure' Martin and bassist John B. Sparks of the English R&B group Dr.  Feelgood was filmed on March 23, 1976 in Los Angeles, California.

Guitarist Wilko Johnson, singer Lee Brilleaux, singer John “The Big Figure” Martin and bassist John B. Sparks of Dr. Feelgood on March 23, 1976 in Los Angeles, California.


The debut album of the English rock band Dr Feelgood

English rock band Dr Feelgood.


Lee Brilleaux, John B. Sparks, John Martin and Wilko Johnson

Lee Brilleaux, John B. Sparks, John Martin and Wilko Johnson in 1975.


Johnson was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013 and was told he had 10 months to live after opting out of chemotherapy. A year later, he was declared cancer-free following an 11-hour operation to remove a large tumor.

“Now, I spend my time gradually coming to terms with the idea that my death is not imminent, I will live,” he said at this year’s Q awards.



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