Spartacus actor Andy Whitfield passed away Sunday in Australia. The 39 year old had been battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma since March of 2010.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Andy Whitfield,” said Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht. “We were fortunate to have worked with Andy in Spartacus and came to know that the man who played a champion on-screen was also a champion in his own life. Andy was an inspiration to all of us as he faced this very personal battle with courage, strength and grace. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. He will live on in the hearts of his family, friends and fans.”
Andy Whitfield starred in the lead role of Starz’s original drama series Spartacus: Blood and Sand in 2010.