This is truly sad. Andy Whitfield who left the Starz original series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” after he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma 18-months ago, has sadly passed away today (9/11/11) in Sydney, Australia. He was 39 years old.
Andy’s wife Vashti had this to say about her husband’s passing:
“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.”
Starz released this statement after they found out of Andy’s passing:
“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. 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.”
It was announced in January that Whitfield would not return for season two of Spartacus [due to his treatment] and would be replaced by Liam McIntyre. Our condolences go out to Andy’s family. RIP.