R. I. P. Andy Whitfield (1974 – 2011)

Posted by Grey Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Australia-based Welsh actor best known for his role as Spartacus in Starz' Spartacus: Blood and Sand has passed away.

Andy Whitfield, the Australia-based Welsh actor and model most well-known for his role as Spartacus in Starz' Spartacus: Blood and Sand has passed away, losing his 18-month battle with lymphoma cancer in Sydney, Australia, at age 39.

While the general public mostly recognize Whitfield in his leading role in the Starz television series Spartacus: Blood and Sand, we first come across the actor in 2007's independent supernatural film, Gabriel. And we knew the potential of the tremendous actor back then and was thrilled to know that he was in the eponymous role of the Starz series. With fellow Australian actor Liam McIntyre stepping up to take his place as Spartacus in the epic sword-and-sandal series, we were understandably disappointed but remained hopeful of the actor's recovery.

We now regret to report that according to The New York Times, Whitfield has passed away over the weekend due to complications from non-Hodgkin lymphoma. In a statement released by his wife, Vashti Whitfield:

"On a beautiful sunny Sydney ... 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."

Apart from his wife, Whitfield is survived by two children and a sister.

We here at The Daily Zombies would like to take this opportunity to offer our condolences to the family and friends of Andy Whitfield.

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