Has Wilco Johnson died? Game of Thrones’ actor dies at 75 . Wilko Johnson, a “Game of Thrones” actor and the guitarist for the British blues-rock group Dr. Feelgood, has passed away. He was 75. Johnson passed away on Monday at his home in England, according to a statement posted on his official Facebook page on Wednesday. He announced in 2013 that he had been given the prognosis of terminal pancreatic cancer, yet the cause of death was not disclosed.
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“Thank you for respecting Wilko’s family’s privacy at this very sad time, and thank you all for having been such a tremendous support throughout Wilko’s incredible life.” the post read.
Johnson was a member of English bands including Dr. Feelgood and Ian Dury and the Blockheads. He also led the Wilko Johnson band up until his death.
Johnson was a guest star in the early seasons of “Game of Thrones” as executioner Ser Ilyn Payne.
Born John Wilkinson in 1947, Johnson was raised on Canvey Island, a marshy, industrial oil town in England’s River Thames estuary. He studied Anglo-Saxon literature at Newcastle University and worked as a schoolteacher before forming Dr. Feelgood with other local friends.
At a time of flamboyant glam and indulgent rock, they played a then-unfashionable brand of blues and R&B, dressed in cheap suits that made them look, Johnson said later, like “shoddy bank robbers.”