Spartacus Star Andy Whitfield Dies

Andy Whitfield, who was seen as recently as last year in Starz's Spartacus: Blood and Sand, died yesterday at the age of 39 after losing his battle with cancer, reports the Associated Press.

Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in March 2010, putting production of Spartacus' season 2 on hold. After undergoing treatment for a few months, he was deemed free of cancer and began to prepare to return to his role as the gladiator Spartacus. In an unexpected tragic turn, the cancer returned and he pulled out of the show completely.

"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," Whitfield's wife Vashti told the AP in a statement. "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."

Starz CEO Chris Albrecht also issued a statement on behalf of the cable network: "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."

Spartacus is moving on with Australian actor Liam McIntyre taking over the role. Whitfield, who also made appearances in Packed to the Rafters and McLeod's Daughters, is survived by two children.

Such sad news. Rest in peace, Andy.


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Feb 06, 2012
Soo sad to hear of the news. My mother had died of the same. My heart goes out to his family
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Sep 15, 2011
I'm so shocked, I don't know what to say. We'll miss you. RIP
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Sep 15, 2011
Ave Imperator, morituri te salutant!



You killed us all Andy...RIP mate.
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Sep 15, 2011
I heard the news over my local IGA supermarket's radio broadcast. I had to stop and process it for a sec. He was my age, and in the peek of fitness. Cancer is a bitch of an indescriminatory disease. I feel for his family and friends..his kids. He was too young to be taken away from them, and is it better or sadder that he found recognition and success only to have his life end without getting to explore it? I guess he's immortalized in film now, and one day his kids can watch the series and catch a glimpse of him in the character. At least he followed his dream.

I wish his family happiness and peace. Its small comfort but I admired him in the role he played and enjoyed his season on the show.

Toni
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Sep 15, 2011
No way Andy died such a young actor and he had so much potential. I think Spartacus will survive but it won't be the same without Andy. The writers and creators should dedicate the season 2 premiere to Andy and put his picture at the end in his Spartacus outfit.
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Sep 15, 2011
Man, what a sad news. R.I.P. Andy.
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Sep 14, 2011
R.I.P. Andy.

Terrible news as I was expecting him to come back to Spartacus, he played that role perfectly and hard to imagine anyone else as Spartacus...
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Sep 13, 2011
Andy was only known to me through his role as Spartacus, which he played perfectly and I couldn't imagine another man for that role. From behind the scenes clips and such you can see his amazing personality and I feel for the loss of his friends and family, may he rest gracefully in peace until they meet again.
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Sep 13, 2011
very sad
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Sep 13, 2011
Cancer is the worst thing ever, so sad
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Sep 13, 2011
Waht to say after a sad news like this.RIP my friend.Love form all over the world.
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Sep 13, 2011
R. I. P :(
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Sep 13, 2011
R.I.P Andy,



My thoughts go to your family and close ones.
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Sep 13, 2011
That is one of the saddest news in recent times. RIP
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Sep 13, 2011
rip andy. starting a spartacus marathon and can't see the show the same without you. last i read you were cancer free, which, makes this even more disappointing. glad your family was with you at the end.



BTW, who cares what his age was, obviously too young and talented to go.
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Sep 13, 2011
RIP, Andy Whitfield
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Sep 13, 2011
Truly sad.. R.I.P. Andy Whitfield!
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Sep 13, 2011
I'm not familiar with his work. But it is always tragic to see a talented person die young. My condolences to his family.
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Sep 13, 2011
from a line 300(Spartans)



tonight we dine in hell
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Sep 13, 2011
Very tragic. RIP.
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Sep 13, 2011
Such a tragedy. Gone is a man of impeccable talent and character, gone are the countless hours of fantastic television and film he would have given to us, gone is Spartacus. Rest in peace, Andy.
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Sep 13, 2011
Sad to see him pass away...Incredible actor in Spartacus, was hoping for 2nd season...
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Sep 13, 2011
So sad :(
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Sep 13, 2011
was so shocked and saddened by this... :( worst news of the month....
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Sep 13, 2011
RIP Andy. You were great as Spartacus. This is the saddest news I have heard in a long time.
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Sep 13, 2011
RIP Andy Whitfield

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Sep 13, 2011
RIP Andy!! Its so tragic to hear such news like this. It kinda feels like I actually knew him, it kinda hurts. Its so sad.
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Sep 13, 2011
Sucks. I was saddened when I first heard he had cancer. He did a freaking amazing job on Spartacus. Then I was happy a shell to find out he was cancer free. Really sucks it turned around like this but at least he had his family by his side in the end.
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Sep 13, 2011
I read about this yesterday and it dampened the True blood finale and the entire day for me... . I prayed for his family and for his soul to find rest. I really really hoped he'd recover and it is a great tragedy to be lose such a rising star. RIP Andy Whitfield.
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Sep 13, 2011
RIP Andy Whitfield
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Sep 13, 2011
This news is the saddest thing I've heard. Andy Whitfield had such a promising career. He was so wonderful as "Spartacus" and had a fan in me from the first episode of "Spartacus". My condolences and good thoughts go out to his young family and to those he worked with on "Spartacus" which seems like an incredibly close cast and crew. He should have gone out with an Emmy but didn't even get nominated because those that vote were so scared of this brilliant young actor that gave Starz credibility in creating Drama. I am a fan of Brian Cranston but no way did he deserve Best Actor over Whitfield last year and Whitfield didn't even get a ticket to the show. RIP Andy, thanks for "Spartacus".
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Sep 13, 2011
only the good die young i hope his family know that he had fans all over the world :(
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Sep 13, 2011
RIP Andy you will always be Spartacus to me.
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Sep 13, 2011
The age given is wrong. lol
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Sep 13, 2011
I guess no one seems to know when this guy was actually born but I would think he was 37 when he died. IMDB has him born in 1974 (no month given). if you take 1974 from 2011 you get 37, and since he died this close to the end of the year, the adds are that he was 37 when he died.
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Sep 13, 2011
Candles for Andy... [*] [*] [*]
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Sep 13, 2011
Very sad news Spartacus Blood and Sand was one of my favorite TV shows, and I also saw him in the movie Gabriel. I really enjoyed him as an actor and would have loved to have met him in real life, he seemed like a cool and passionate person.



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Sep 13, 2011
"Ave, Imperator, morituri te salutant"



We already missed him, now our condolences to his family
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Sep 13, 2011
Damn, really sad news... :(
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Sep 13, 2011
RIP / DEP
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Sep 13, 2011
Sad news.... really sad....but good to hear that he died surrounded by his loved ones....
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Sep 13, 2011
RIP Andy.

1974-2011=36 years old. The picture shows the incorrect birth date for him.

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Sep 13, 2011
Truly shocked as genuinely thought he'd recover. Best wishes to the family.
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Sep 13, 2011
so sad... don't know what to say... my heart goes out to his family and friends :( R.I.P. andy...
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Sep 13, 2011
R.I.P. I'll keep his family in my prayers.
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Sep 13, 2011
It saddens me that Andy is no longer with us.May he rest in peace.
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Sep 13, 2011
so sad, no words to say:(
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Sep 13, 2011
i saw this around 3:30 last night before i went to bed, we all knew he had cancer, but it's still pretty shocking to hear of his death. sad sad news
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Sep 13, 2011
RIP. My heart goes out to his family.
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Sep 13, 2011
sad news, he was a great actor
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