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Game of Thrones star Wilko Johnson, 65, is preparing for his final battle. The British actor and musician has been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer.

His manager confirmed to BBC News this week.”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.”

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“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.”


Wilko Johnson portrayed the character of Ilyn Payne, a mute executioner, on seasons one and two of the wildly popular HBO fantasy series.

He also a member of British blues band Dr. Feelgood.

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, his devoted fans and admirers.”

“To those who have attended his live gigs, bought his recordings and generally made his life such an extraordinarily full and eventful experience, thank you,” his manager adds.

Game of Thrones Season 3 premieres on March 31.