Wilko Johnson, the guitarist from the British blues-rock band Dr. Feelgood, has died. He was 75.
An announcement posted Wednesday on Johnson’s official social media accounts on behalf of his household stated the musician died Monday night at his dwelling in southeast England.
“That is the announcement we by no means needed to make, and we accomplish that, on behalf of Wilko’s household and the band, with a really heavy coronary heart: Wilko Johnson has died,” the Fb publish started.
“He handed away peacefully in his sleep at his dwelling in Westcliff On Sea on Monday night, twenty first November 2022. He was 75.
“Thanks for respecting Wilko’s household’s privateness at this very unhappy time, and thanks all for having been such an amazing help all through Wilko’s unimaginable life. RIP Wilko Johnson,” the assertion concluded.
Born John Wilkinson in 1947, Johnson was raised on Canvey Island. He studied Anglo-Saxon literature at Newcastle College and labored as a schoolteacher earlier than forming Dr. Feelgood with different native mates.
Together with being the lead guitarist of the blues-rock band, Johnson additionally portrayed Ser Ilyn Payne on “Sport of Thrones.”
In 2012, Johnson was identified with pancreatic most cancers and was advised it was terminal. The prospect of loss of life unexpectedly revived his inventive energies. He declined chemotherapy, determined to go on one final tour and recorded a “closing” album, “Going Again Dwelling,” with Roger Daltrey of The Who.
“I out of the blue discovered myself ready the place nothing issues anymore,” Johnson advised The Related Press in 2013.
“I’m a depressing so-and-so usually. … I’d be worrying in regards to the taxman or all of the issues that we fear about that get in the best way of the true issues. And out of the blue it doesn’t matter. All of that doesn’t matter.
“You stroll down the road and you’re feeling intensely alive. You’re ‘Oh, take a look at that leaf!′ You’re wanting round and also you suppose, ’I’m alive. Ain’t it wonderful?’”
In 2014, Johnson introduced he was cancer-free following a surgical procedure to take away a 3-kilogram (6.6-pound) tumor. He launched one other album, “Blow Your Thoughts,” in 2018, and performed gigs together with his Wilko Johnson Band till final month.
Johnson is survived by his sons Simon and Matthew and grandson Dylan.
The Related Press contributed to this report.