Wilko Johnson, who served a high-profile stint as a guitarist with British punk outfit Dr Feelgood, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer of the pancreas.
A statement issued by Johnson’s manager Robert Hoy confirmed that Johnson has chosen not to receive chemotherapy. He is not yet suffering any physical effects and will continue working on his music, taking a trip to Japan and completing a new CD upon his return before performing a few dates in France and performing a series of farewell gigs in the UK.
A live DVD, filmed on the last UK tour, is also in the pipeline.
The statement ended: "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. Thank you."