“Spartacus” Star Andy Whitfield Succumbs to Cancer

Spartacus: blood and sandAndy Whitfield of the hit cable series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” has lost his battle with cancer. The 39-year-old actor died on Sunday in Sydney, Australia, his wife said in a statement. “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, said.

Whitfield left “Spartacus” after the first season of the Starz show to treat a recurrence of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. His condition deteriorated in January and he was officially replaced by Liam McIntyre. Before landing the role of Spartacus, Whitfield was a virtual unknown who appeared on Australian shows “Packed to the Rafters” and “McLeod’s Daughters.”

Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht released a statement following Whitfield’s death. “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,” Albrecht said.