Wilko Johnson has been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, but even though he doesn’t have long to live on this earth, his spirits have never been in a higher place right now.
The 65-year-old British musician turned actor is considered a legend for his contributions in the pub rock band, Dr. Feelgood, and founding influence on the English punk movement.
The most notable work for the new generation is his involvement on the HBO series, “Game of Thrones,” playing the menacing and mute Ser Ilyn Payne for the last two seasons of the show.
What Johnson had to say about shuffling off this mortal coil, after revealing that he would be refusing chemotherapy, is nothing short of inspirational as he bravely faces his sentence.
"It makes you feel so alive, just walking down the street, man, everything looks really intense. Any little thing you look at, it almost gives you a kind of childlike consciousness. I'm a miserable so-and-so. I suffer from depression and everything . . . but all that stuff, whatever it was I used to worry about, it doesn't matter. What's gone, what is and what will be, do not matter.”
In preparation of the likelihood he will succumb to the disease in less than a year, a farewell tour has been set up in Europe and the UK for the following two months, to go out with a big bang.
This guy's awesome. Sad story, but great outlook. I feel like that's how I'd want to be at 65. Obviously he's done a lot of shit. No one ever really wants to die, but it at least seems like he doesn't feel unfulfilled in his life, which is great.
"he doesn't have to be actively cheerful about it though."
Considering the alternative, you would prefer a man be miserable throughout the experience? I certainly wouldn't want to appease to your emotional criteria on how to die. It just seem unrelentingly boring, and sad.