What Happened to Wilko Johnson? Cause of Death in Detail

By Deepesh
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Wilko Johnson passed away at home on Monday, 21st November.
Wilko Johnson
Wilko Johnson (Image Source: Twitter)

Wilko Johnson was a prominent English guitarist, singer, songwriter and occasional actor. He was also a member of the pub rock/rhythm and blues band Dr. Feelgood in the 1970s. Besides that, Johnson was also famous for appearing as the mute executioner Ser Ilyn Payne in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones.

So, due to his multiple works, Johnson had fans from worldwide who supported him for a long time. But now, the whole world is devasted by the death of the guitarist who came on Monday, 21st November. Initially, the family didn't share the cause of death, which has left people to get more saddened.

If you are one of his fans and want to know about his death cause and married life, keep reading till the end.

What Happened to Wilko Johnson?

Wilko Johnson passed away at 75 years old, leaving an undeniable legacy in music behind. The late guitarist was diagnosed in January 2013 with late-stage pancreatic cancer and elected not to receive chemotherapy. 

While giving an interview on the BBC Radio 4 arts program Front Row on January 2013, Johnson revealed that doctors had told him he had nine or ten months to live. In the same interview, Johnson also talked about his farewell tour of the UK set for March and how his cancer diagnosis had made him feel vividly alive.

Furthermore, Johnson did not have the more common adenocarcinoma of the pancreas. Later, it was discovered that he had a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (PanNET). After that, he underwent radical surgery to treat his illness. So, the doctors were hopeful that his prognosis would be good. So, he passed away on November 21, 2022, at the age of 75.

Wilko Johnson's Cause of Death Revealed

Sadly, Wilko Johnson died on November 21, 2022, aged 75. The death news was announced via Twitter, but the family didn't disclose the cause of death. The Twitter post stated,

"This is the announcement we never wanted to make, & we do so with a very heavy heart: Wilko Johnson has died. He passed away at home on Monday, 21st November. Thank you for respecting the family's privacy at this very sad time. RIP Wilko Johnson."

So, the cause of death still remains unknown, but some people have speculated that he may have died of cancer. We will give you more updates about this topic soon.

Wilko Johnson Wife and Children Details

Wilko Johnson was survived by his two children, both sons named Simon Johnson and Matthew Johnson. Besides, he was married in the past to Irene Knight. They first crossed paths in their teens at a local youth club. Afterward, they shared a dance at their school leavers' party and soon went on their first date.

After some years of dating, Wilko and Irene walk down the wedding aisle, but their wedding date remains unknown. Later, the couple welcomed two children. Their life was going well until a tragic incident happened in the family. Johnson's wife, Irene, died in 2004 following her own battle with cancer.

Wilko Johnson and Irene
Wilko Johnson and his late wife, Irene, together in a frame ( Source: Daily Mail )

Later, he also talked about how he felt about his wife's death. After that, Johnson used to live in Southend-on-Sea. So, now, the legend is no more and fans are also paying tribute to him. Also, they are sharing condolence messages to the devasted family.