‘Spartacus’ Star Andy Whitfield Dies Of Lymphoma

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 5th, 2013 at 1:44 pm,

It is our sad duty to report that Andy Whitfield, the original star of Spartacus: Blood and Sand, died of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in his home country of Australia yesterday. The 39-year-old actor is survived by his wife and two children.

Whitfield enjoyed critical and ratings success on Spartacus‘ first season in 2010 after playing the titular gladiator. In March of that year, Whitfield was diagnosed with lymphocyte cancer and began immediate treatment in New Zealand. At that point, doctors gave him an excellent prognosis with a high likelihood of recovery.

Production on the second season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand was halted to give Whitfield time to recover, with the  prequel miniseries Gods of the Arena created as a filler. Whitfield had a small voice-only part in the prequel, which ran early this year.

In June 2010, Whitfield was declared “cancer-free” by his physicians and planned to return to the role. “I’m raring to go,” was the star’s official statement, and he thrilled fans and media with an appearance at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con Spartacus panel. The celebration would not last. In September Whitfield’s cancer recurred agressively, and under the advice of his doctors he immediately began treatment again.

Whitfield would continue his bitter fight with lymphoma for another year. Upon his death on September 11th, 2011, outpourings of support from the Spartacus cast and crew were sent to his wife Vashti Whitfield, who said that her husband died peacefully surrounded by his family.

Starz president Chris Albrecht had this to say:

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Andy Whitfield. 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.

In a succinct Twitter post, Spartacus creator Steven DeKnight said, “No words to express the depth of such a loss. You will be deeply missed, my brother.”

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Whitfield was a relatively new star with a bright future in front of him. The Welsh-born Australian went to college in Sydney and worked as an engineer through his early thirties before being cast in various Aussie TV shows. Whitfield’s two film credits are supernatural thriller Gabriel (2007) and horror movie The Clinic (2009).

Spartacus will continue with its second season, Vengeance, in 2012. Fellow Australian Liam McIntyre will take over the title role.


We at Screen Rant send our deepest condolences to Andy Whitfield’s family and friends.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. Wow, RIP. Just shows how fast life can go by.

  2. WOW…such a really sad loss. Definitely way too soon. Thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of Andy. RIP Mr. Whitfield

  3. Long Live Spartacus, Andy you will missed. Only the good die young

  4. Very sad to see such a young and talented actor pass too soon. All fans will sorely miss your presence on screen. Condolences to his family and friends. :(

  5. RIP Mr. Whitfield you are the only true Spartacus

  6. R.I.P Andy Whitfield you will most definitely be missed …..

  7. Wow……Im in shock

  8. Man, this is such an unfortunate turn of events. And here I was hoping for him to recover because I wanted to see more of him. He appeared on a youtube video where he volunteered to act a role in someone’s youtube only video for fun. He was definitely a cool guy off screen too, which is why I wished for him to succeed. This is definitely sad news…

      • Yah, watch the behind-the-scenes videos, he seemed like such a cool guy…

  9. we have lost a rare gem in movie industry. rest in peace

  10. Speechless… last I read he was doing a lot better. Man we’ve got to do something about cancer, people are dropping like flies. R.I.P Andy Whitfield.

  11. Andy whitfield’s role as Spartacus was amazing I loved the first season ,my condolences go out to his family and friends he will be missed R. I. P :(

  12. Its a real loss, he seemed like a good guy as well as a great actor. Condolences to his family and friends.

  13. Man, how sad to pass away that young. RIP Whitfield

  14. Death by cancer is bad at any age, but especially when so young and at the top of his game. I too have the upmost sympathy for his family….

  15. R.I.P. Andy

  16. This really is a shame, he did have a bright future as an actor. I actually wanted him for Thor before Hemsworth was cast. RIP.

  17. Very sad and shocking news. I actually didn’t really like the show Spartacus: Blood and Sand (mostly because it was just too “out there” if you know what I mean), but I agree that he was one of the best parts about it. And just the fact that he seemed like a good guy makes it all the more harder. Sometimes though, I think God wants to bring the worthy home sooner. RIP Andy.

  18. My heart goes out to the family of Andy Whitfield. They are in my thoughts and prayers.
    I had reconciled myself to the fact that he would not return to Spartacus for a second season. The most important thing was for him to get better and lead a productive life as a husband and father.
    I am grateful to Andy for the effort he put into the first year of Spartacus. His character wasn’t just a gladiator, he was a husband, a good friend and a defender of those who couldn’t protect themselves. Spartacus never gave up and neither did Andy. It’s easy to overlook these facts when watching the show because of the violence, nudity and sex.
    Rest in peace Andy. You will not be forgotten.

  19. Andy, you should know that it was your talent as an actor that kept me watching Spartacus: Blood and Sand past a so-so premiere full of an almost comedic overuse of CGI-blood. Thankfully, you took your craft and the Spartacus role so seriously, because if you hadn’t, I would’ve missed out on one of my favorite television shows of all time. Thank you, sir. Thank you.

  20. OMG! I was just watching Starz and learned of Andy’s passing. What a tragedy! I am numb. He had an extraordinary way of touching people’s lives and hearts in his role as Spartacus. My soul is so sad and my heart goes out to his wife and children.

  21. OMG! I was just watching Starz and learned of Andy’s passing. What a tragedy! I am numb. He had an extraordinary way of touching people’s lives and hearts in his role as Spartacus. My soul is so sad and my heart goes out to his wife and children. He will be sadly missed.

  22. spartacus was a great man in is life time and may is soul rest in peace and may is family he left have long life and prosperity

  23. RIP Andy Whitfield! You will indeed be missed, and my condolences to his family.

  24. Wow, I just started following this show and wasn’t sure why. Maybe because MY dad died of cancer the day before Whitfield did… It’s a sign of some kind.

    RIP Andy…

  25. what astounding and intense portrayals have we been deprived of after losing this beautiful and talented man…what a loss