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Game of Thrones star and musician Wilko Johnson (Ilyn Payne) dies at 75

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Game of Thrones boasted a host of remarkable characters that had a lasting presence on the audience’s memory. Some were brave and honorable like Jon Snow, while there were some who were downright scary. One of these scary ones included the silent knight Ser Ilyn Payne. He was a part of some of the most pivotal scenes of the show, including Ned Stark’s execution. The character was played by English guitarist, singer, and songwriter Wilko Johnson. The Game of Thrones star recently passed away on November 21 at the age of 75.

The heartbreaking news was posted by Wilko Johnson’s official Twitter account, and it read: “This is the announcement we never wanted to make, and 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.”

Johnson had been diagnosed with late-stage pancreatic cancer in 2013. Season two, episode nine, Blackwater, marked his last appearance in the series. He did make a full recovery after that and was able to continue his music career until his untimely demise on November 21.

The acting and music industry lost a precious gem of a star, may his soul rest in peace. Send your condolences to his family in the comments below.

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Sayantan is a keen follower of everything pop culture; from films, shows, anime to video games and latest memes. He started writing professionally for Wiki of Thrones during the 2021 lockdown, and has been developing his writing and editing skills ever since. Sayantan has since worked for several reputed firms, such as Collider and FandomWire, gathering experience and nods from some of the best in the industry. With a growing repertoire amassing renowned websites, Sayantan is your go to guy for all things Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon. When he is not hunting for headlines and theories, you can find him engrossed in fantasy shows, conspiracy theories and video games.

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