Andy Whitfield, star of Spartacus: Blood and Sand, dies aged 39
Andy Whitfield, star of the hit series Spartacus: Blood and Sand, has died aged 39, after an 18 month battle with cancer.
Whitfield was born in Wales, were he studied to become an engineer, but in 1999 he moved to Australia and began a career as an actor, while also working as an engineer and building inspector. Whitfield was still working as an engineer when he auditioned for Spartacus, which probably his most well known role.
After completing the first season of Spartacus, Andy was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. He began treatment and the cancer went into remission, unfortunately it returned. One year later, on September the 11th Andy passed away surrounded by his family in Sydney Australia.
“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.”
Andy is survived by his wife, Vashti, and his two children.