Spartacus Star Andy Whitfield Dead at 39
Spartacus co-star and Xena herself, Lucy Lawless had this to say of Whitfield to EW, “He was a gentle man who never said a bad word about anyone, a gifted photographer, engineer and a brilliant actor.”
“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.
Whitfield’s performance was so impressive that Starz delayed production of a second season in hopes that he would beat the cancer. In the mean time the cable station made a prequel, Gods of the Arena, that didn’t need his character. It looked like he had beaten the lymphoma and was ready to reprise his titular character when he had a relapse.
In August 2010, Whitfield teamed up with Freddie Wong and created a 2 minute YouTube video “Time Crisis”, based on the game Time Crisis. In memory of Andy Whitfield:http://pokupo.com/2011/09/11/spartacus-star-andy-whitfield-dead-at-39/TVAndy Whitfield,Blood and Sand,Gods of the Arena,Lucy Lawless,Spartacus,Starz