Monday, 12 September 2011

RIP Andy Whitfield

Some sad news to report. For those of us who loved the Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Andy Whitfield, the sexy title character, lost his battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma Sunday. He was just 39 years old.

A relative unknown prior to being cast, Andy appeared in all 13 episodes of the wildly successful first season as the Thracian slave. It was a huge success for the Starz network and caused a lot of talk with its graphic violence and sexual situations.

18 months ago Andy was diagnosed and had to take a leave from the show. The network, in the meantime, had produced a six part prequel Spartacus: Gods of the Arena while giving Andy time to go through treatment. When his conditioned grew worse in January, it was announced that Liam McIntyre, a fellow Aussie, would take over the role.

In a statement, Chris Albrecht, President and CEO of Starz said "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."

The world is just a little dimmer without Andy. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

8 comments:

DEZMOND said...

I was shocked to hear the news this morning :(((( Such a huge loss. Such a young man. Such a deeply charismatic and talented man!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I read that as well. Thirty-nine is far too young.

Craig Edwards said...

That is incredibly sad news. My condolences to his family, friends, and fans.

Melissa Bradley said...

@Dez I was shocked and saddened as well. I really wanted to see him come back. What a loss for us all.

@Alex 39 is waaay too young. Make sme wonder what else he could have accomplished.

@Craig Thanks for the thoughts. The stage of life really is little less bright tonight.

msmariah said...

I was so sad to hear this. I was so sure that he would recover. This just really saddened me. He was fantastic. He was so young too. Just devastating news.

Nebular said...

OMG, I just found out, and I'm shocked! :( RIP, Andy!

Movies on my Mind said...

Really sad news

HERVE NAUDET Dit Margot. said...

I hope you enjoy the next journey...Light & blessing. Hxxx