Wilko Johnson announced on Facebook through his manager that he has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and will not seek chemotherapy treatment.
Johnson's manager, Robert Hoy, posted Wednesday that Johnson has been diagnosed with terminal cancer of the pancreas and has chosen not to receive any chemotherapy.
"He is in good spirits, is not yet suffering any physical effect and can expect to enjoy at least another few months of reasonable health and activity," Hoy wrote.
According to Hoy, Johnson plans to visit France, complete a new CD with his band and perform a series of "farewell gigs" in the United Kingdom. He recently began a trip to Japan; the announcement on Facebook also said there is a live DVD on the way that was filmed during Johnson’s last UK tour also on the way.
Johnson is credited with being one of the most influential guitarists of his time. He played with Dr. Feelgood until 1977, when he left to join Ian Dury's Blockheads and start his own band: The Wilko Johnson Band.
According to the band's biography, Johnson inspired other musicians with "the startling violence of his stage performance" as well as his style. Johnson also wrote songs for the bands he was in.
More recently, Johnson got noticed for his role in the hit HBO series "Game of Thrones," in which he played the mute executioner Ser Ilyn Payne.
Hoy's Facebook announcement included "sincere thanks" to all the fans and loved ones who "attended his live gigs, bought his recordings and generally made his life such an extraordinarily full and eventful experience."
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