Dr Feelgood guitarist, Wilko Johnson, has pancreatic cancer, his manager confirmed today. The 65-year-old guitarist, also well known for his own group, The Wilko Johnson Band, will still proceed with recording a new album and will go on a 'farewell' tour.
The statement from his manager, Robert Hoy, can be seen below:
"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.
"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.
"He has just set off on a trip to Japan; on his return we plan to complete a new CD, make a short tour of France, then give a series of farewell gigs in the UK. There is also a live DVD in the pipeline, filmed on the last UK tour.
"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.
"Robert Hoy (Manager)"
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