Andy Whitfield of 'Spartacus' Series, Passes Away

The 39 year old star passes from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Actor Andy Whitfield passes away at age 39
Actor Andy Whitfield passes away at age 39
Spartacus: 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.""



Sources: New York Times

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  1. Worth5Bucks

    thats terrible

    3 years agoby @mattbierwagenFlag

  2. Nicholaus XX

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

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  3. WonderWomyn

    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

    3 years agoby @wonderwomyn74Flag

  4. ROFLitschristian

    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."

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  5. Sbrio26

    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

    3 years agoby @sbrio26Flag

  6. Dan

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

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  7. Major Tom

    Who liked this?!?

    3 years agoby @movie-nutFlag

  8. fanboy

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

    3 years agoby @fanboyFlag

  9. The First Avenger: JohnnyBlaze

    ........ 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

    3 years agoby @johnnyblazetb82Flag

  10. slysnide

    Wow. Just 39. Sad. RIP

    3 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  11. Major Tom

    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.

    3 years agoby @movie-nutFlag

  12. Tha Phoenix

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

    3 years agoby @thaphoenixFlag

  13. ROFLitschristian

    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.

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  14. CUPID

    R.I.P

    3 years agoby @cupidFlag

  15. m2

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

    3 years agoby @m2Flag

  16. darksektor1971

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

    3 years agoby @darksektor1971Flag

  17. Kinsean92

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

    3 years agoby @kingsean92Flag

  18. MovieManiac

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

    3 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  19. MrMarQx

    Shock!

    3 years agoby @mrmarqxFlag

  20. TheStonedReviewer

    So sad, a huge loss of a great talent R.I.P Andy Witfield

    3 years agoby @stonedFlag

  21. Replicant

    Really sad news... I only watched the pilot for Spartacus and I didn't really get into it storywise, but he definitely showed some solid acting. Also saw him on a few YouTube vids and he seemed like an awesome dude, I was hoping he'd make it big in Hollywood.

    RIP Andy.

    3 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  22. dcrock

    I just found out and i litterally was in shock. I always thought he'd pull through and beat this. Sad news.

    3 years agoby @dcrockFlag

  23. hasido

    This is very sad!He was fantastic as Spartacus. I knew he was courageously battling cancer, but this is a shocker.........rest in peace to this fine actor, human being.

    3 years agoby @hasidoFlag

  24. Punkpryncess

    This made me cry when i learn on Tumblr. R.I.P Andy. You're no longer in pain. You are SURELY gonna missed by your family, friends and fans of Spartacus! You'll always be thought of.

    3 years agoby @punkpryncessFlag

  25. Ruth Less

    :`(( R.I.P. Andy

    3 years agoby @Ruth-LessFlag

  26. skywise

    So sad to lose someone so young. RIP Mr. Whittfield.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  27. bipolarmassive

    Very tragic indeed! Even though they found another to take his place as Spartacus, he's virtually irreplaceable. May the show go on...

    3 years agoby @addictionnonfatelFlag

  28. supermanvenom

    This is so sad. All the nice ones are taken too soon. RIP Andy

    3 years agoby @supermanvenomFlag

  29. MovieFreak97

    You will be missed Andy

    3 years agoby @moviefreak97Flag