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Andy Whitfield - RIP

Andy Whitfield, Spartacus in the first series of the TV show with the same name, passed away Sunday after an 18 month battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He was 39.

His wife, Vashti, said:

"On a beautiful sunny Sydney ... morning, surrounded by his family, in the arms of his loving wife, our beautiful young warrior Andy Whitfield lost his 18-month battle with lymphoma cancer.""

Andy is survived by his wife and two children.

After starring in the smash hit Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Andy Whitfield was diagnosed with lymphoma in March 2010. His cancer was in remission later that year but recurred, and production of Spartacus: Vengeance was delayed. A prequel series, Gods of the Arena was made to bridge the gap, and allow Andy time to recover before Vengeance began filming. Unfortunately this was not possible and in January 2012 a new Spartacus will take to the screens. This re-casting was made with the blessing of Andy Whitfield.

Starz, the Spartacus network, and some of his colleagues released a statement late Sunday night to Entertainment Weekly. Lucy Lawless had the following words to share:

“Obviously, Andy Whitfield left an indelible mark on all of us in the Spartacus family. He was a gentle man who never said a bad word about anyone, a gifted photographer, engineer (no really!) and a brilliant actor. Andy’s incandescent film presence made men want to be him and women want to marry him. Andy’s two babies will always know that their Daddy cherished them and their mother, Vashti, above all things. How lucky we were to have him grace all our lives. Godspeed, Andy!”

Andy was a fabulous actor and truly brought Spartacus to life. All our thoughts at The Digital Fix are with him and his family. Rest in peace, Andy.

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