Fans of Johnson, who is also a member of the British blues band Dr. Feelgood, have left over 2,000 loving messages on his Facebook page since the announcement was made. "Very sorry to hear this, Wilko," one fan wrote. "They don't make character musicians like you any more, which is a great shame to the music [business]. Best wishes, Karl."
The musician's fans can look still look forward to hearing some new music from Johnson. Hoy explained Thursday, "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."
"Prayer to his family, and my his passing be painless and peaceful," one Us reader wrote. Another said, "Very courages to elect not to do any chemo and enjoy your time on earth freely. Bless your heart and soul."
Hoy said Johnson "is currently in good spirits . . . [and] not yet suffering any physical effects."
He added, "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."