"Game of Thrones" star Wilko Johnson has been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, US Weekly reported Friday.
The 65-year-old actor, who played a mute executioner during the first two seasons of the HBO series, has refused treatment and expects to enjoy “at least another few months of reasonable health and activity,” his manager, Robert Hoy, said in a statement posted on Johnson’s Facebook page.
Johnson, a former guitarist with 1970s British rock bank Dr Feelgood, plans to finish a new CD and tour France before performing a series of a farewell concerts in Britain, the BBC reported.
Read Hoy's full statement here.
“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.”