Wilko Johnson Dies: Dr Feelgood Guitarist And ‘Game Of Thrones’ Actor Was 75

Wilko Johnson, the pub-rock guitarist who played executioner Ser Ilyn Payne in Game of Thrones, has died aged 75.

The musician, known for his energetic on-stage persona and influence on the punk rock movement, passed away at home on Monday (November 21), according to a message on his social media accounts posted today.

“This is the announcement we never wanted to make, and we do so with a very heavy heart: Wilko Johnson has died,” the statement read, adding: “Thank you for respecting the family’s privacy at this very sad time. RIP Wilko Johnson.”

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Johnson is best known for his long and storied music career but appeared in seasons one and two of HBO’s Game of Thrones, in which he played a mute knight who serves the king.

The talented musician was diagnosed with late-age pancreatic cancer in 2013 and was told he had less than a year to live. He decided against chemotherapy but a year later was declared cancer-free after a major operation to remove a huge tumor.

He is best known as the guitarist for British band Dr Feelgood, whose R&B-influenced pub-rock style relied heavily on Johnson’s choppy guitar stylings, who. They had a number one UK album in 1976, ‘Stupidity,’ but Johnson left the band a year later. He would go on to join Ian Drury and the Blockheads and release his own material, including a 2014 album with The Who’s Roger Daltrey.

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