Andy Whitfield Cancer
September 12, 2011 by Post Team
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Andy Whitfield,” said President and CEO Chris Albrecht Starz. “We were fortunate to have worked with Andy in Spartacus and came to know that the man who played a champion in the screen was also champion in his own life. Andy was an inspiration to us all when faced with this very personal, with courage, strength and grace. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. He lives in the hearts of his family, friends and fans. ”
Spartacus Whitfield co-star Lucy Lawless is also a tribute paid to him in a statement to Entertainment Weekly: “Obviously, Andy Whitfield left an indelible mark on us all in the family Spartacus. It was a kind man who never said a bad word about anyone, a talented photographer, engineer (not really!) and a brilliant actor. Presence incandescent film Andy has made men want to be him and women want to marry him. Two babies Andy will always know that his dad loved them and their mother , Vashti, above all things.’s lucky to have had the grace to life. Good luck, Andy! ”
“Words can not express the depth of that loss. That will be sorely missed, my brother,” said creator Steven DeKnight Spartacus on Twitter.
The actor of 39 years died of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in Sydney, Australia. The native of Wales, was diagnosed 18 months ago while preparing for the second season of Spartacus. Although it was a relatively unknown when the show started, Whitfield’s performance was so strong and iconic that the production of the second season was stopped about a year in an attempt to Whitfield time to recover from the disease. During that time, the producers throw a prequel series called Gods of the Arena without the actor. In short, they do seem Whitfield – who was authorized to begin work on the second season and made a comeback appearance at Comic-Con. But Whitfield early relapse. Faced with the decision of either the cancellation of the series or consolidation, Starz and the producers opted to hire a newcomer Liam McIntyre for the lead role, with the blessing of Whitfield.
Whitfield performance in the first season of Spartacus remains a testament to his talent. He was able to project that angry aggression and intense vulnerability, often at the same time. Although we will never see what other roles Whitfield might have had,
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