Last updated at 10:29 AM on 12th September 2011
Actor Andy Whitfield, star of the TV series Spartacus: Blood and Sand star has died of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma it was confirmed today.
The Australian actor’s wife, Vashti said in a statement her husband died on a ‘sunny Sydney morning’ in the ‘arms of his loving wife.’
Spartacus actor Andy Whitfield passed away from cancer in the arms of his wife it was announced today
The actor was diagnosed with the disease in March, 2010 and began treatment immediately in New Zealand.
appeared in all 13 episodes of the first season first aired in 2010, and
was preparing to begin work on the second when he was diagnosed with cancer.
Spartacus director, Steve DeKnight, took
to Twitter to express his pain. ‘No words to express the depth of such a
loss. You will be deeply missed, my brother,’ he wrote.
Chris Albrecht, president and
CEO of television network Starz released a statement confirming the news: ‘We are deeply saddened by the loss of
our dear friend and colleague, Andy Whitfield.
‘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.
Whitfield found fame in the TV remake of show Spartacus
The gladiator: The Australian actor starred as Spartacus in the Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand
‘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.’
A husband and a father: Whtifield is survived by his wife, Vashti, and two children
Whitfield leaves behind his wife and two children.
In memory: Andy Whitfield will be missed
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I must point out that he was actually Welsh…
Watta loss – to die at such an early age – Rest in peace
” There for the grace of god ..go i ” . Poor guy .
So sorry to hear this news – 39 is no age at all. He was a talented actor and will be missed by every fan of the show.
Far too young. Cancer is so indiscriminate. It totally sucks. RIP Andy, your performance on Spartacus was amazing.
Such sad news. R.I.P beautiful person
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