Actor and rocker Wilko Johnson, who played executioner Ilin Payne in Game of Thrones, has died
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The actor was 75 years old, in recent years he suffered from cancer.
Actor and punk rocker Wilko Johnson, who played the dark mute executioner Ilin Payne, has died at 75 in the cult series Game of Thrones. In recent years, Wilco was ill with pancreatic cancer. The Daily Mail writes about this.
The actor died on November 21, but the representatives of the star announced his death only a few days later. The corresponding message appeared on Twitter.
“This is an announcement we never wanted to make and it is with a very heavy heart that we make it: Wilko Johnson has died. He died at his home on Monday, November 21st. Thank you for respecting the family's privacy at this very sad time,” the message says. Wilco was diagnosed with cancer back in 2013, doctors predicted that he would live less than a year, but the actor underwent surgery and two years later announced that he had overcome the disease.
The actor said that he did not want to sit and wait for death, and therefore spent his time as efficiently as possible: he gave concerts and attended parties.
“I never felt sorry for myself. I never cried in all this time “, – said the actor.
The actor was born on Canvey Island in Essex on June 12, 1947. Even at school age, he played in local musical groups. He received his bachelor's degree from Newcastle University. In the 1970s, Johnson formed the rock band Dr. Feel good.
Johnson was known for his unique, intermittent guitar playing style, he learned to play right-handed despite being left-handed.
After founding Solid Senders in 1977 he joined Ian Dury's The Blockheads in 1980.
In 2011, he starred in the cult HBO series Game of Thrones. Wilko played the grim executioner Ilyn Payne, who cut off the head of Ned Stark. The actor did not have a text, because according to the plot, the king pulled out his tongue for impudent speeches.