Wilko Johnson dies at 75

Dr Feelgood rocker and Game of Thrones star Wilko Johnson has passed on at 75 following pancreatic cancer battle.

According to daily Mail, Dr Feelgood revealed the performer died at his home Monday. 

He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013 and given 10 months to live but Wilko defied the odds and declared he was cancer-free two years later. 

Doctors removed a 3kg tumour in an 11-hour operation. 

In a statement on his Twitter account Wednesday it was revealed the star passed away at his home on Monday. His cause of death is unknown. 

The tweet read: ‘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.’

Fans immediately rushed to pay tribute to the legendary rocker, with RIP Wilko trending on Twitter within minutes of the announcement.  

In 2013, Johnson revealed he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer of the pancreas but vowed to honour his touring commitments and keep playing for as long as he could.

His manager Robert Hoy said at the time: ‘He said he wants to make the very best of the time he has left, playing and partying when he can.

‘He is currently in good spirits and is not yet suffering any physical effects and can expect to enjoy at least another few months of reasonable health and activity.’

He played and wrote with Dr. Feelgood in the mid 1970s, on albums including Down by the Jetty, Malpractice, Stupidity and Sneakin’ Suspicion.

After founding the band Solid Senders in 1977, he went on to join Ian Dury’s The Blockheads in 1980.

He then went on to play a mute executioner in Game Of Thrones

Johnson, who lives in his home county of Essex, was left widowed when his wife Irene lost her battle with cancer in 2004. The couple are survived by their son Simon.

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