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Wilko Johnson, the guitarist from the British blues-rock band Dr. Feelgood, has died. He was 75.
A statement posted Wednesday on Johnson’s official social media accounts on behalf of his family said the musician died Monday evening at his home in southeast England.
“This is the announcement we never wanted to make, and we do so, on behalf of Wilko’s family and the band, with a very heavy heart: Wilko Johnson has died,” the Facebook post began.
“He passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Westcliff On Sea on Monday evening, 21st November 2022. He was 75,” the statement continued.
“Thank you for respecting Wilko’s family’s privacy at this very sad time, and thank you all for having been such a tremendous support throughout Wilko’s incredible life. RIP Wilko Johnson.”
— ♫♪ ωιѕєтυηα ♫♪ (@wisetuna) November 9, 2022
Wilko Johnson was a precursor of punk. His guitar playing was angry and angular, but his presence – twitchy, confrontational, out of control – was something we’d never beheld before in UK pop. Rotten, Strummer and Weller learned a lot from his edgy demeanour. He does it right RIP pic.twitter.com/ukoJ69r41h
— Billy Bragg (@billybragg) November 23, 2022
— Gary Kemp (@garyjkemp) November 23, 2022
— Hugh Cornwell (@HughCornwell) November 23, 2022
Wilko Johnson, the British musician who also portrayed Ser Ilyn Payne in Game of Thrones, has died at the age of 75.
— CONSEQUENCE (@consequence) November 23, 2022
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