“Game of Thrones” actor and former Dr. Feelgood musician Wilko Johnson, who plays mute executioner Ilyn Payne on HBO’s hit series, has been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer.
In a statement reported by BBC News, Johnson’s manager confirmed the illness.
“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,” the statement explains. “He is currently in good spirits, is not yet suffering any physical effects and can expect to enjoy at least another few months of reasonable health and activity.”
In spite of the diagnosis, the 65-year-old artist plans to finish a new CD as well as tour of France.
“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. Thank you,” the statement continues.