Monday, September 12, 2011

Tribute: Andy Whitfield (1974-2011)

'Spartacus' star Whitfield dies of lymphoma at 37
Andy Whitfield (17 July 1974 – 11 September 2011), who played the title role in the hit cable series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," has died at age 37, according to representatives and family.

Whitfield died Sunday in Sydney, Australia, 18 months after he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, manager Sam Maydew told the Associated Press.

"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."