Sep 12, 2011
'Spartacus' Star Andy Whitfield Dies?OMG!
Andy Whitfield, the 39-year-old star of the cable series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” has died.
Manager Sam Maydew says Whitfield died Sunday of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in Sydney, Australia.
Whitfield’s wife Vashti in a statement called her husband a “beautiful young warrior” who died on a “sunny Sydney morning” in the “arms of his loving wife.”
Whitfield — who was born in Wales and lived in Australia — was a virtual unknown when he was cast as the title hero in “Spartacus,” a hit original series for the Starz network that made waves with its graphic violence and sexuality.
Whitfield was preparing for the second season when he was diagnosed 18 months ago.
In January the network announced that another Australian actor, Liam McIntyre, would take over the role.
Andy Whitfield passed away today after a battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. His wife confirmed the Welsh Spartacus star's death today. He was 39.
Whitfield was best known for his work on Australian TV shows like Opening Up, All Saints, and The Strip, and gained prominence in his role in the supernatural flick Gabriel. He landed the lead role of Spartacus in the 2010 television series Spartacus: Blood and Sand, which is filmed in New Zealand. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in March 2010, which delayed the filming of season 2 of the show. Eventually he had to leave the program.
Here a tribute for him...