British rock guitarist and “Game of Thrones” star Wilko Johnson has died at 75.
The multi-talented musician died at his home on Monday, according to a report posted to his social media.
“This is the news we never wanted to make, and we do so with a heavy heart: Wilko Johnson has died,” the statement read. “Thank you for respecting the family’s privacy at this difficult time. RIP Wilko Johnson.”
Johnson’s official cause of death has not been released – but he was open about his previous battle with pancreatic cancer.
He is famous as the guitarist of the British band Dr Feelgood. In 1976, the band’s album “Stupidity” was number one in the UK, but Johnson left the band a year later. He then joined Ian Drury and the Blockheads, as well as releasing his own music – including an album with Roger Daltrey The Who in 2014.
The guitarist becomes an iconic musician due to his unique guitar style and fierce presence. Despite being left-handed, he learned and mastered playing the guitar right-handed.
In addition to his long musical career, Johnson made his acting debut in “Game of Thrones” as the executioner Per Ilyn Payne in seasons one and two of the HBO series.
Johnson was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013 and was told he had 10 months to live after choosing not to undergo chemotherapy. A year later, he was declared cancer-free after an 11-hour operation that removed a large tumor.
“Now, I’m spending my time gradually coming to terms with the idea that my death is not imminent, that I’m going to live,” he said at that year’s Q awards.