Andy Whitfield of ‘Spartacus’ Series, Passes Away

The 39 year old star passes from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
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Andy Whitfield of ‘Spartacus’ Series, Passes Away

Actor Andy Whitfield passes away at age 39Spartacus: Blood and Sand star, Andy Whitfield, passed away today in Sydney, Australia from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Andy Whitfield, who was from Wales but lived in Australia, was a relatively unknown actor until he was chosen for the series, a sex- and blood-soaked version of the early life of the Thracian gladiator who led a slave rebellion against the Roman ruling class from 73 to 71 B.C.

Whitfield took what was supposed to be a temporary leave from the show, which was an instant hit after its January 2010 debut, after a routine check-up in March of that year revealed a recurrence of cancer.

Starz Entertainment, the premium channel that airs the show, used different actors to film a prequel called Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, while awaiting the star's return. But Mr. Whitfield never recovered enough to come back.

Andy Whitfield is survived by two children and a sister. In her statement, his wife described him as "our beautiful young warrior." She said he died in her arms.

Statement from Starz, which was home to Spartacus: Blood and Sand:

""We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Andy Whitfield," said Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht. "We were fortunate to have worked with Andy in 'Spartacus' and came to know that the man who played a champion on-screen was also a champion in his own life. Andy was an inspiration to all of us as he faced this very personal battle with courage, strength and grace. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. He will live on in the hearts of his family, friends and fans.""

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  • mattbierwagen • 4 years ago

    thats terrible

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    • XxNickTheFilmCriticXx • 4 years ago

      Too sad - R.I.P. Andy Whitfield.

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      • wonderwomyn74 • 4 years ago

        I was truly saddened by this news when I found out about it this morning. I was hoping that he'd be able to beat this terrible disease and return to his role as Spartacus. May he rest in peace.

        I found this youtube video of him doing a parody of the game Time Crisis while he was undergoing treatment for the Cancer.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKogQf9ooR8&feature=share

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        • ROFLitschristian • 4 years ago

          Is there a reason 2 people have liked this? I can't imagine you telling me the excuse of, " I'm just happy he's no longer in pain."

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          • nikola-maric • 4 years ago

            rip

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            • sbrio26 • 4 years ago

              Things like this rarely effect me so deeply. I loved the show but primarily because of his portrayal of Spartacus. He was amazing as an actor and I'm so saddened to see him leave this earth so soon. R.I.P. Andy

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              • dan1 • 4 years ago

                Who are the two that thumbed this up? They need to remove Jupiter c*ck from ass.

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                • movie-nut • 4 years ago

                  Who liked this?!?

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                  • fanboy • 4 years ago

                    R.I.P. Andy, you will be greatly missed my friend!

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                    • johnnyblazetb82 • 4 years ago

                      ........ Oh man he was awsome def the reason the show was such a hit was due to his badass performance as Spartacus, You will be missed bub... you will be missed. R.I.P

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                      • slysnide • 4 years ago

                        Wow. Just 39. Sad. RIP

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                        • movie-nut • 4 years ago

                          I never got to watch Spartacus, but I always think it's depressing when someone dies. And I was just informed that my dad's cousin recently died of the same problem.

                          Regardless, R.I.P. I hope his family the best.

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                          • thaphoenix • 4 years ago

                            *moment of silence* *raises Martini in King Andy's honour*

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                            • ROFLitschristian • 4 years ago

                              I'm never really affected by celebrities' deaths, but this one's got me in knots. Too young and too respectable to let go. RIP Andy. True warriors never die.

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                              • cupid • 4 years ago

                                R.I.P

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                                • m2 • 4 years ago

                                  Wow, did not see this coming. R.I.P

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                                  • darksektor1971 • 4 years ago

                                    It's a shame to lose a young life and a great performer...man...your spartacus will be remmembered!!!!...R.I.P.

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                                    • kingsean92 • 4 years ago

                                      I am really sad to ear about his passing, he was great as spartacus and seemed like a good person too

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                                      • moviemaniac66 • 4 years ago

                                        So sad. Dude was too young! R.I.P

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                                        • mrmarqx • 4 years ago

                                          Shock!

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