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Andy Whitfield, Actor, Dies Of Cancer At 39

Andy Whitfield, actor and model, dies of cancer at the age of 39, leaving behind a wife and two children.

Andy Whitfield, actor and model, dies of cancer at the age of 39, leaving behind a wife and two children.

Andy Whitfield who was born in Wales in July 1972 and was both an actor and a model, died on Sunday as a result of cancer at the age of 39. Whitfield was best known for the role he played in the Starz television series Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

Chris Albrecht, the CEO and president of Starz had this to say about Whitfield. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and colleague. 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,” he continued in his statement.

Whitfield lived in Australia, and although he played a lead role in the first season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand, his health forced him to withdraw from the second season when he discovered in May 2010 that his non-Hodgkin lymphoma had returned and did not respond to aggressive treatment. This is a type of blood cancer, and it is the cause of his death.

Whitfield is survived by his wife Vashti, and two children.

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