Andy Whitfield, Star of ‘Spartacus’ Series, Dies at 39

 Andy Whitfield, Star of ‘Spartacus’ Series, Dies at 39

Andy Whitfield dies of Cancer at age of 39According to The New York Times – Andy Whitfield, who was from Wales but lived in Australia, was a relatively unknown actor until he was chosen for the series, a sex- and blood-soaked version of the early life of the Thracian gladiator who led a slave rebellion against the Roman ruling class from 73 to 71 B.C.

Mr. Andy Whitfield dead took what was supposed to be a temporary leave from the show, which was an instant hit after its January 2010 debut, after a routine check-up in March of that year revealed a recurrence of cancer.

Starz Entertainment, the premium channel that airs the Entertainment show, used different actors to film a prequel called “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena,” while awaiting the star’s return. But Mr. Whitfield never recovered enough to come back.

Liam McIntyre, a virtual unknown from Australia, took over the leading role for the show’s second season.

Mr. McIntyre said then: “Andy Whitfiled is such a wonderful actor. I don’t want to follow that guy, and everybody hurts that he’s had to give up the role, myself included.”

Chris Albrecht, president and chief executive of Starz, said in a statement, “The man who played a champion on-screen was also a champion in his own life.” Andy Whitfield faced cancer with “courage, strength and grace,” he said.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Whitfield is survived by two children and a sister. In her statement, his wife described him as “our beautiful young warrior.” She said he died in her arms.

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