Andy Whitfield (1972-2011) Star of 'Spartacus' on Starz (Videos)

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and colleague Andy Whitfield,” said Chris Albrecht, CEO of Starz said of the sudden loss of former Spartacus star Andy Whitfield.

Andy Whitfield

Andy Whitfield died today of Lymphoma at the early age of 39.  He was diagnosed with the disease that caused him to drop out of the starring role in Spartacus.  He was working to get started on the second season of the top rated show on Starz when he was announced that he was suffering from non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and the series was put in immediate hiatus until the show was green-lit for a second season and a replacement was named.  Another Australian actor Liam McIntyre replaced Whitfield in the title role.

“No words can express the depth of such a loss,” said Spartacus creator Stephen DeKnight.  Who also added “You will be deeply missed, my brother.”

Rick Thomas

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