It’s a sad day in Hollywood today because Andy Whitfield, who starred in ‘Spartacus: Blood and Sand’, has passed away at the young age of 39.
The actor, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma 18 months ago, passed away on Sunday night in Sydney, Australia, his manager tells the AP.
Whitfield was born in Wales but moved to Australia in 1999 and had a few minor roles before being cast on the hit Starz show.
His wife, Vashti, released a statement saying “on a beautiful sunny Sydney spring morning, surrounded by his family, in the arms of his loving wife, our beautiful young warrior Andy Whitfield lost his 18 month battle with lymphoma cancer, he passed peacefully surrounded by love. Thank you to all his fans whose love and support have help carry him to this point. He will be remembered as the inspiring, courageous and gentle man, father and husband he was.”
Andy announced back in September 2010 that he would not be starring in the second season of ‘Spartacus’ because of his condition so the network decided to do a 6-part prequel without the actor before. When his condition worsened they replaced him with Liam McIntyre.
“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.” Said Chris Albrecht, the President and CEO for Starz.