Monday 12 September 2011
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.