Death of musician Wilko Johnson, alias Ilyn Payne in "Game Of Thrones"

The actor, who played a leading role in the first seasons of the hit HBO series, died Monday at the age of 75.

British musician Wilko Johnson, known for being the guitarist and singer of the group Dr. Feelgood in the 1970s, but also for having held the role of Ilyn Payne in the series Game of Thrones, died last Monday. He was 75 years old.

“This is an announcement we wish we never had to make. And we make it with a heavy heart: Wilko Johnson is dead. He passed away at his home on Monday, November 21. Please respect the privacy of the family. in these difficult times”, can we read on a press release posted on his Twitter account.

Wilko Johnson formed in 1971 with Lee Brilleaux and John B. Sparks the group Dr. Feelgood, renowned for its mixture of rock and rhythm and blues. The formation achieved wide success during the decade; especially thanks to the album Stupiditywhich topped the UK charts in 1976.

Wilko Johnson left Dr. Feelgood in 1977. He then created his own group, the Wilko Johnson Band, with whom he played until the end of his days. Much appreciated by his peers, Wilko Johnson was honored on Wednesday by Jimmy Pagethe guitarist of Led Zeppelin, who confided on Twitter his “sadness” after his death.

His only role on television will remain that of the disturbing Ilyn Payne in the first two seasons of Game Of Thrones. He remained etched in the minds of viewers: it was he who cut off Ned Stark’s head at the end of the first season. The role was cut short when Wilko Johnson was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

The actor, to whom the doctors had given ten months to come, had then refused to undergo chemotherapy. He had made a farewell tour and recorded a final album with Who singer Roger Daltrey in 2014. Healed a year later from his illness, he was able to return to concerts, until his death.

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