Spartacus loses battle with cancer

Andy Whitfield, star of the cable series Spartacus: Blood and Sand, has lost his 18 month battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.  He was 39 years old.

Via the Toronto Star

Whitfield died Sunday in Sydney, Australia, 18 months after he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, manager Sam Maydew told the Associated Press.

“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 in a statement. “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.”

Cancer does not discriminate.  It is a bastard who sinks its claws into the old and young alike.  I will always remember Andy for his appearance in a Freddie Wong video based on Time Crisis.  I thought it was so awesome that an established actor would star in a young film maker’s youtube video, simply because he admired his earlier work.

R.I.P. Andy.  The Freddie Wong video is after the break.


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Posted on September 12, 2011, in TV and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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