Spartacus 2010 Gallery - Andy Whitfield
Spartacus (Andy Whitfield) © Starz

The Spartacus star Andy Whitfield has lost his battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and passed away on Sunday in Sydney, Australia.

He made a strong impact in the show with many people coming to our site to read the reports of his adventures in the role of Spartacus.

Andy’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.” Andy is also survived by two children and a sister.

When we interviewed him, in 2010, about the role and why he took it he said “Who wouldn’t want to do it? You’re guaranteed to look cool in this show because of the character, his journey and the fighting, the beautiful women, sometimes at the same time.”

The programme was made by the Starz network and in the statement from the President and CEO Chris Albrecht he said “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 was born in Wales and moved to Australia in 1999 and later stared in the lead role of Starz’s original drama series Spartacus: Blood and Sand in 2010. Andy had to bow out when he was diagnosed.

A new series titled Spartacus: Vengeance with Australian actor Liam McIntyre taking over the role is due to air later this year.

You can read our interview with him here