Wilko Johnson, guitarist for British R&B band Dr. Feelgood, who’s choppy playing style was cited as an inspiration by the Gang of Four and The Stranglers, among others, has been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. Via The Guardian:
His manager, Robert Hoy, later issued a statement: “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. 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. 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.
“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.”
More recently, Johnson had moved into acting, playing Ser Ilyn Payne on Game of Thrones.