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Vale: Andy Whitfield

Actor Andy Whitfield, who played the lead role in Spartacus: Blood and Sand, has died in Sydney at just 39 years of age.

Actor Andy Whitfield, who played the lead role in Spartacus: Blood and Sand, has died in Sydney at just 39 years of age.

His manager Sam Maydew said Whitfield died yesterday of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Whitfield was diagnosed 18 months ago causing the Starz series to create a spin-off Spartacus: Gods of the Arena with actor Dustin Clare. While he had hoped to recover for the second season, Whitfield was forced to withdraw and actor Liam McIntyre was cast in the title role.

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”.

Welsh born Whitfield was a virtual unknown when he was cast as the title hero in Spartacus. His other television roles included McLeod’s Daughters, Packed to the Rafters, The Strip, All Saints and a movie role in Gabriel.

Source: Daily Telegraph

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41 Responses

  1. When people battle illness for such a long time you just take it s part and paracel of who they are and expect them to still live for a decent age, like Jane Mc Grath.
    This illness should never define him, except for his dignity and strength, and for him to be remembered as the talent he was.
    R.I.P.

  2. I’m so sad to hear this. I hadn’t
    realised that his illness had progressed so far –
    earlier reports had sounded so positive.
    Since Spartacus, I’d started to notice him in
    his previous roles…

    I thought he was Welsh born, though…

    RIP Andy I’ll miss you.

  3. You hear about these people, and you hope, even expect that they will get better. Then when you hear that they have died, the penny drops, he’s not coming back.

    How sad for his family and friends.

  4. Wow, I am actually quite sad by this.

    I had really hoped and just expected he’d get better and move onto bigger and better things. Enjoyed his turn and Spartacus and from what i’d seen of him outside it, interviews ect. he genuinely seemed like a great guy.

    Thoughts go out to his family.

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