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Game of Thrones actor and Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson dies at 75

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Wilko Johnson: Guitarist for 1970s pub-rock band Dr Feelgood and influencer of Britain’s punk rock movement, Wilko Johnson has died at 75. A statement on Johnson’s Twitter page said the musician had passed away at home on Monday. No further details were given.

Wilko Johnson was also an actor and portrayed mute executioner Ilyn Payne in hit fantasy drama Game of Thrones.

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Diagnosed with cancer in 2013

In 2013 Wilko Johnson was diagnosed with late stage pancreatic cancer. Immediately after he embarked on a farewell tour. A year later, he underwent major surgery and was declared cancer-free.

Born John Wilkinson in 1947 in Canvey Island, Essex, Johnson found fame with pub-rock, rhythm ‘n’ blues band Dr Feelgood. The group was a herald of the English punk rock and those said to have been influenced by Dr Feelgood include The Clash, The Jam and The Sex Pistols.

Wilko Johnson was known for his stage presence and his guitar playing – a left-hander who played right-handed, picking and strumming to create a simultaneous staccato lead and rhythm. He later joined Ian Drury & The Blockheads in 1980 before concentrating on his Wilko Johnson Band.

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Fellow musicians pay tribute

His friends and fellow musicians took to social media to pay tribute.

“Wilko Johnson was a precursor of punk. His guitar playing was angry and angular, but his presence – twitchy, confrontational, out of control – was something we’d never beheld before in UK pop,” singer-songwriter Billy Bragg wrote on Twitter.

“I saw Wilko perform at Koko in Camden in May 2013 and the atmosphere was electric. This show was originally billed as his farewell tour … but, thankfully, he continued performing and thrilling crowds until recently,” Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page wrote on Instagram.

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