Guitarist and ‘Game of Thrones’ star was 75

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.”

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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.

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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 75.
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Wilko Johnson performs at Planet Rock's Rocktober event at O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire on October 18, 2022 in London, England.
Wilko Johnson performs at Planet Rock’s Rocktober event at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on October 18, 2022 in London, England.
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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.

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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.

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 pose for a photo on March 23, 1976 in Los Angeles, California.

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


The original line-up of the English rock group Dr Feelgood

English rock group 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 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.



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