Wilko Johnson Has Terminal Cancer: Game of Thrones' Official Twitter Account Wishes Actor "All the Best"

Celebrity News Jan. 11, 2013 AT 10:00AM
Wilko Johnson performing live on stage at Vintage on August 13, 2010. Wilko Johnson performing live on stage at Vintage on August 13, 2010. Credit: Kevin Nixon/Classic Rock Magazine via Getty Images

Following Wilko Johnson's heartbreaking announcement that he has been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, the official Twitter account for Game of Thrones shared their condolences.

Johnson, 65, who stared as Ser Ilyn Payne during Seasons 1 and 2 of the hit HBO show, shared the sad news his diagnosis on his Facebook page Thursday, Jan. 10.

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"I am very sad to announce that Wilko has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer of the pancreas," his manager, Robert Hoy, said in the post. "He has chosen not to receive any chemotherapy."

Games of Thrones' official Twitter account wrote a note offering their support later that day. "Wishing Wilko Johnson all the best. Our hearts go out to his friends and family."

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Fans of Johnson, who is also a member of the British blues band Dr. Feelgood, have left over 2,000 loving messages on his Facebook page since the announcement was made. "Very sorry to hear this, Wilko," one fan wrote. "They don't make character musicians like you any more, which is a great shame to the music [business]. Best wishes, Karl."

The musician's fans can look still look forward to hearing some new music from Johnson. Hoy explained Thursday, "He has just set off on a trip to Japan; on his return we plan to complete a new CD, make a short tour of France, then give a series of farewell gigs in the UK. There is also a live DVD in the pipeline, filmed on the last UK tour."

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Us Weekly readers have also shared their condolences to the star.

"Prayer to his family, and my his passing be painless and peaceful," one Us reader wrote. Another said, "Very courages to elect not to do any chemo and enjoy your time on earth freely. Bless your heart and soul."

Hoy said Johnson "is currently in good spirits . . . [and] not yet suffering any physical effects."

He added, "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."

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