Monday, September 12, 2011

Spartacus star Andy Whitfield dies at age 39


There was alot of sadness going on yesterday. Not only was everyone reminded of the 9/11 disaster, but the Whitfield family in Australia had a terrible day aswell. For them 9/11 will always have a different eye-view.

The 39-years-old star in Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Andy Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in March 2010, while preparing for the second season. Two months later, he was declared cancer-free after completing treatment.

During the start of the second season back in September 2010, there was an announcement that Andy Whitfield would be leaving the series to resume his treatment. This was, ofcourse, a weird situation as he was declared cancer-free a few months earlier.

Unfortunately, from the day he got diagnosed, everything just went all down hill. Sadly, he died from this awfull disease yesterday in Sydney, Australia. He was 39 years-old, that's just way too young!

Whitfield's wife Vashti, covered with sadness had a statement saying Andy whom she called "a beautiful young warrior" died on a "Sunny Sydney morning in the arms of his loving wife". I'm not really sure how she handles it, but in my eyes she is a warrior too!

Lastly i would like to share this beautiful statement from Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht, which made me pink away a tear. Albrecht 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. 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."

Now this story, made me a bit sad. However, i think everyone is dealing really well with it, probably because they already seen it coming since the day he got diagnosed. I hope everyone will remind him as Albrecht mentioned "an inspiration to all of us". 

19 comments:

but how the series will go on it's very strange when main char is changed (

Heard about his death in the news this morning and it's very sad. Hope his family are coping well with it. cancer is such a little bitch.

Aww this is soo terrible. I enjoyed season 1 of Spartacus so much. You also think that with such a body you can't even get ill. This proves everybody is vulnerable.

I agree with the comments above, it is going to be interesting with what they can come up with, I thought Spartacus was solid up until now, it had just few flaws. I wish only good for his family and friends, hope they can recover soon.

This sucks so hard. I loved him in Blood and Sand, don't think I can watch with a new actor taking his place...

Damn, that's sad... I can't imagine his wife's suffering. He was still so young.

I was just gonna start watching that show.

Boy, was thinking of watching the series and main actor dies.

This is quite unfortunate... :(

Lot of famous people dying in their 30's - scary stuff

I thought he was scared! What a sad day...RIP

this dude was a great actor

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Wow, such terrible news. It always shocks when someone so young dies.

This was sad, one of my favorite shows ever.

wow I didn't know that, but he was a good actor.

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Damn..thats terrible. No one should die that young to any disease..tragic

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