Actor Wilko Johnson has terminal cancer and his publicist said he will not undergo chemotherapy, Huffington Post reports Jan. 9. The 65-year-old portrayed Ilyn Payne in the "Game of Thrones" for its first two seasons. He's been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
His publicist released the following statement:
"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. 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 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, those devoted fans and admirers who have attended his live gigs, bought his recordings and generally made his life such an extraordinarily full and eventful experience. Thank you."
The actor battling terminal cancer is also a guitarist and songwriter for the British blues group, Dr. Feelgood.
Rolling Stone reports that Wilko plans to finish his latest CD after he returns from a trip to Japan. He plans to also perform on a farewell tour throughout France the U.K..