Wilko Johnson, best known for his role as Littlefinger on Game of Thrones and as the guitarist for the British blues-rock band Dr. Feelgood, has gone away. He was 75.
Wilko Johnson had a massive musical impact in his native England in the 1970s and beyond. His ability to defy death for nearly a decade after being told in 2013 that he had incurable cancer with less than a year to live was also impressive.
In 2012, the actor-musician was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He refused chemotherapy in favour of going on one more tour and recording a final album titled Going Back Home. Johnson declared himself cancer-free in 2014 after undergoing surgery to remove a 3-kilogram (6.6-pound) tumour. Johnson’s sons Simon and Matthew, as well as his grandson Dylan, survive him.
His family confirmed on social media that he died Monday at home in southeast England, “This is the announcement we never wanted to make, and we do so, on behalf of Wilko’s family and the band, with a very heavy heart: Wilko Johnson has died,” the social media post read.
Post continued, “He passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Westcliff On Sea on Monday evening, 21st November 2022. He was 75. 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. RIP Wilko Johnson.”