Wilko Johnson Cancer: 'Game Of Thrones' Actor Diagnosed With Terminal Pancreatic Cancer

01/09/2013 06:27 pm ET | Updated Apr 08, 2013

BBC reports that following news of the actor's poor health in the U.K.'s Echo, Johnson's manager confirmed that he is, in fact, battling a terminal illness.

"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," the statement explains. "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."

The 65-year-old actor played Ilyn Payne in the first two seasons of the HBO fantasy series and is also a guitarist and songwriter for the English blues group 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, 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 statement continues.

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