Spartacus Star Passes Away Aged 39

Andy Whitfield, the Welsh-born actor who played the lead role in Spartacus: Blood and Sand, has died after losing his battle with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma over the weekend.

The actor and model passed away in Sydney yesterday as tributes poured in from across the world. His wife Vashti called her husband a “beautiful young warrior” who died on a “sunny Sydney morning” in the “arms of his loving wife”.

Whitfield was a virtual unknown until he debuted in the Starz drama which attracted much attention with its graphic sex and violence. Filming of the second series was delayed while Whitfield sought treatment for the condition after he was diagnosed 18 months ago with the network filming a six-part prequel.

However when his illness returned at the start of the year it became obvious that he would have to give up the role. He was subsequently replaced in the third series by Australian actor Liam McIntyre.

Steven DeKnight, the creator of Spartacus, said “No words to express the depth of such a loss. You will be deeply missed, my brother.”