Monday, September 12, 2011

'Spartacus' star Andy Whitfield dies at 39

Andy Whitfield the star of season one of "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" passed away on Sept. 11, 2011 from non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

The actor, who played Spartacus, was initially diagnosed just as shooting was set to begin on season two. Starz network and producers gave the actor time to fight his disease by putting together the prequel series "Gods of the Arena."

Whitfield's cancer went into remission and he greeted fans at comic-con 2010, letting them know he was ready to go.

Unfortunately, the cancer returned and Whitfield was forced to withdraw from the series.

In a unprecedented classy move, the actor gave producers his blessing to recast the part so the show wouldn't be canceled. He then went on to personally call Liam J. McIntyre and spoke with him about the part and gave him his blessing as well.

The emotion and power he brought to Spartacus is a major reason why the show became so popular.

He was a truly talented actor who was lost too soon.

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