Wilko Johnson aka John Peter Wilkinson who made acting debut in Game of Thrones has died. He was officially announced as Ser Ilyn Payne on September 2, 2010.
He first made an appearance as a guest star in the first season, then he made a second appearance in this capacity. Johnson underwent the risky procedure despite the possibility that it would endanger his life since, if he did not take the chance, he would undoubtedly pass away within a few months regardless. Let’s read below when and how Wilko died.
How did Wilko Johnson died? What was the cause of his death?
A statement from the band said: “This is the announcement we never wanted to make, & we do so with a very heavy heart: Wilko Johnson has died.
“He passed away at home on Monday 21st November. Thank you for respecting the family’s privacy at this very sad time.
Johnson said on January 9, 2013, that he had been given the prognosis of pancreatic cancer, which was terminal. He decided against pursuing additional treatment after learning that the tumor was thought to be inoperable since chemotherapy had little probability of successfully treating this particular type of cancer. Johnson, who was given 10 months to live, made arrangements for a string of farewell performances in the UK.
This is the announcement we never wanted to make, & we do so with a very heavy heart: Wilko Johnson has died. He passed away at home on Monday 21st November. Thank you for respecting the family's privacy at this very sad time. RIP Wilko Johnson.— Wilko Johnson (@wilkojohnson) November 23, 2022
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Johnson underwent the risky procedure despite the possibility that it would endanger his life since, if he did not take the chance, he would undoubtedly pass away within a few months regardless. The enormous tumor, Johnson’s pancreas, spleen, a portion of his stomach and intestines (both large and small), as well as some of the blood arteries leading to his liver, were all removed during the procedure. His pancreas was removed during the procedure, making him a diabetic for the remainder of his life. The tumor was removed, and it weighed 3 kg. The procedure lasted 11 hours.
Although the procedure appeared to be successful, Johnson wasn’t even able to consider leaving the hospital for weeks.
According to a Facebook post by author Charles Shaar Murray on August 17, 2014, Johnson is doing well and hopes to one day play Ilyn Payne again in Game of Thrones:
“Yesterday: a lovely Sunday afternoon by the seaside… to be precise, hanging out with Wilko Johnson and a bunch of his mates… Wilk’s still in the comparatively early stages of recovery from his massive life-saving surgery, but he’s in good spirits (though he’s no longer drinking any), working hard to rebuild strength and stamina, itching to resume maltreating Telecasters (guitars) in public and even speculating on returning to Game of Thrones once Ser Ilyn Payne is no longer ill in pain and he’s strong enough to wield the Big Sword once more. And he thanks all y’all for the good vibes.”
And his band announced his death. He passed away at home on Monday 21st November.
A pub rock band from the 1970s, Dr. Feelgood’s guitarist and singer. The UK album chart’s top spot was taken by the live album “Stupidity.” He developed the “Duck Walk,” an iconic movement in which he zigzagged across the stage while playing his 1962 Fender Telecaster. Wilko had a significant impact on the British punk music scene. Additionally, he has provided commentary for talking-head music documentaries, primarily on guitar playing and 1970s British rock.
Johnson’s tumor grew from being the size of a walnut to almost the size of a soccer ball by the beginning of 2014, giving him the appearance that he had suddenly gained a beer stomach and making it challenging to play his guitar since it rested cruelly over the tumor.