Wilko Johnson Announces Terminal Cancer Diagnosis

Posted Friday January 11, 2013 1:00 PM GMT

He won over a ton of fans thanks to his role as Ser Ilyn Payne on HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” and now Wilko Johnson is feeling the comfort of his followers in a very trying time.

The 65-year-old actor/musician’s manager Robert Hoy posted a message to his official Twitter page yesterday (January 10) to share that Johnson had received some devastating news from his doctor.

“I am very sad to announce that Wilko has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer of the pancreas. He has chosen not to receive any chemotherapy.”

Hoy continued, “He is currently in good spirits . . . [and] not yet suffering any physical effects. Wilko wishes to offer his sincere thanks for all the support he has had over his long career, from those who have worked with him to, above all, those devoted fans and admirers who have attended his live gigs, bought his recordings and generally made his life such an extraordinarily full and eventful experience."

The “Game of Thrones” Twitter account also posted a message- "Wishing Wilko Johnson all the best. Our hearts go out to his friends and family."

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