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Spartacus star Andy Whitfield dies at 39

09.12.2011

Not movie news per se, but it's always sad when a talented young actor passes away. Andy Whitfield was the star of Spartacus: Blood and Sand on Starz until he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma 18 months ago. Sadly he lost that battle today at the age of 39.

The show was put on hiatus after his diagnosis, and the creators went ahead with a prequel series without him. Finally, his role was recast for the following season, but word had it that his cancer had gone into remission and he was started to recover. But apparently further complications arose, and Whitfield passed away in Syndney this weekend.

He is survived by his wife who called him a "beautiful young warrior" who died on a "sunny Sydney morning" in the "arms of his loving wife."

Truly a loss for the acting community, and I personally loved Whitfield's work on Spartacus and had hoped he would someday be able to return to the show. RIP Andy.

Extra Tidbit: The last episode of the first season is probably one of the best episodes of any TV show I've ever seen.
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6:46PM on 09/13/2011
may his soul rest in peace
may his soul rest in peace
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4:00PM on 09/13/2011

Sucks

Fans of Whitfield should check out the under rated movie Gabriel.
Fans of Whitfield should check out the under rated movie Gabriel.
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4:43AM on 09/13/2011
Sometimes you hear about an actor passing away and the loss feels strangely personal. Andy Whitfield may not have been a household name, but he was young, talented, dedicated (as evidenced by his physique) and seemed like a genuinely decent person. This news is incredibly sad.

Rest in peace, gladiator!
Sometimes you hear about an actor passing away and the loss feels strangely personal. Andy Whitfield may not have been a household name, but he was young, talented, dedicated (as evidenced by his physique) and seemed like a genuinely decent person. This news is incredibly sad.

Rest in peace, gladiator!
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12:22AM on 09/13/2011

Rest in peace dear Sir.

I feel absolutely gutted. Spartacus was/ is my favorite show and to hear this awful news..... It fucking sucks. Why does this terrible disease always get the good ones and the assholes of the world live forever.
Andy wherever you are seek out my old man and have a beer with him.
I feel absolutely gutted. Spartacus was/ is my favorite show and to hear this awful news..... It fucking sucks. Why does this terrible disease always get the good ones and the assholes of the world live forever.
Andy wherever you are seek out my old man and have a beer with him.
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10:29PM on 09/12/2011
Spartacus is my favorite show on TV. Gods of the Arena just didn't have that spark that Andy brought to the show. This new guy has some big shoes to fill. RIP ANDY.
Spartacus is my favorite show on TV. Gods of the Arena just didn't have that spark that Andy brought to the show. This new guy has some big shoes to fill. RIP ANDY.
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10:04PM on 09/12/2011
This is so sad. I am a huge fan of the show, and when I had heard he had the cancer, I thought he would be able to beat it. I never expected him to die from it a year later. And being a cancer survivor myself, I can only imagine how hard it must have been. RIP Andy.
This is so sad. I am a huge fan of the show, and when I had heard he had the cancer, I thought he would be able to beat it. I never expected him to die from it a year later. And being a cancer survivor myself, I can only imagine how hard it must have been. RIP Andy.
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9:37PM on 09/12/2011
Terrible news just doesn't describe how bad this news is. Far to young for anyone to pass. He will be missed.
Terrible news just doesn't describe how bad this news is. Far to young for anyone to pass. He will be missed.
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9:15PM on 09/12/2011
Missed him in Gods of the Arena even though his character was never supposed to be there. Season 2 is going to be extremely weird without Andy leading the way. I can't imagine how hard it must've been to have gotten this breakout moment suddenly pulled from you to this sinister disease.
Such a cool guy with huge potential. When will someone finally find a cure to this.
RIP Andy
Missed him in Gods of the Arena even though his character was never supposed to be there. Season 2 is going to be extremely weird without Andy leading the way. I can't imagine how hard it must've been to have gotten this breakout moment suddenly pulled from you to this sinister disease.
Such a cool guy with huge potential. When will someone finally find a cure to this.
RIP Andy
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6:29PM on 09/12/2011

He Was An AWESOME Spartacus

Andy Whitfield was such a talented actor and when I heard that he died I was so upset. I'm a huge fan of the show and I'm gonna continue to watch when the new season starts in January. He will definitely be missed.
Andy Whitfield was such a talented actor and when I heard that he died I was so upset. I'm a huge fan of the show and I'm gonna continue to watch when the new season starts in January. He will definitely be missed.
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6:17PM on 09/12/2011
such a shame & so young RIP
such a shame & so young RIP
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5:42PM on 09/12/2011

RIP

To young.
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To young.
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4:07PM on 09/12/2011
Such a shame to go so young. RIP Andy, you entertained millions and made us forget about the daily routine most of us grind through for an hour a week.
Such a shame to go so young. RIP Andy, you entertained millions and made us forget about the daily routine most of us grind through for an hour a week.
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3:52PM on 09/12/2011
What a shame. Guy got his big break with Spartacus and never lived to enjoy it. Cancer sucks.

Extra tidbit: hell yeah
What a shame. Guy got his big break with Spartacus and never lived to enjoy it. Cancer sucks.

Extra tidbit: hell yeah
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3:41PM on 09/12/2011

I cried...

Last night when I read this. So sad, this guy had such a huge career in front of him. R.I.P. man, and my respects to his family too. So sad.
Last night when I read this. So sad, this guy had such a huge career in front of him. R.I.P. man, and my respects to his family too. So sad.
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3:03PM on 09/12/2011
RIP. My heart goes to his family.
RIP. My heart goes to his family.
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2:29PM on 09/12/2011

RECENTLY SAW ...

... Spartacus and I must say Andy had incredible talent. Too bad the show must go on without him. R.I.P.
... Spartacus and I must say Andy had incredible talent. Too bad the show must go on without him. R.I.P.
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1:53PM on 09/12/2011

A God among the Gods...

This was an awesome show and such a tragic death. It is amazing how God-like he looked only to be attacked by this dreaded disease. I am sure he has become a defender of Heaven. R.I.P., dear Spartacus. You left a great legacy in a very short period of time...
This was an awesome show and such a tragic death. It is amazing how God-like he looked only to be attacked by this dreaded disease. I am sure he has become a defender of Heaven. R.I.P., dear Spartacus. You left a great legacy in a very short period of time...
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1:43PM on 09/12/2011
Minor point, he was only 36.

Vaya con Dios Andy
Minor point, he was only 36.

Vaya con Dios Andy
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1:52PM on 09/12/2011
he was born in 1972
he was born in 1972
2:49PM on 09/12/2011
Some sites says that he was born in 1974. In some article from last year, in was 35. Looks like he might actually have been 36. Still sad news for his fans, I guess.
Some sites says that he was born in 1974. In some article from last year, in was 35. Looks like he might actually have been 36. Still sad news for his fans, I guess.
1:23PM on 09/12/2011
Really awful news. Such a tragedy for anyone, but especially one so young and fit.
Really awful news. Such a tragedy for anyone, but especially one so young and fit.
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1:53PM on 09/12/2011
My sediments exactly...
My sediments exactly...
2:52PM on 09/12/2011
sentiments* maybe.
sentiments* maybe.
1:23PM on 09/12/2011
Fuck cancer.
Fuck cancer.
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1:23PM on 09/12/2011

RIP Gabriel

Loved Spartacus. Never missed an episode mainly because Andy did such a great job (& the t*ts of course). Also thought he was great in Gabriel. God bless.
Loved Spartacus. Never missed an episode mainly because Andy did such a great job (& the t*ts of course). Also thought he was great in Gabriel. God bless.
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1:22PM on 09/12/2011

Horrible news

I know everyone was hoping that Andy would beat his illness and return at some point. Such a waste.

Let us all take away from this that we never really know how long we have on this Earth, and to live life with that in mind. Always tell those you care about how you feel, and never take your tomorrows, or those of your loved ones, for granted. I lost my wife to Hodgkins Lymphoma when she was only 27. My thoughts are with Andy's family.
I know everyone was hoping that Andy would beat his illness and return at some point. Such a waste.

Let us all take away from this that we never really know how long we have on this Earth, and to live life with that in mind. Always tell those you care about how you feel, and never take your tomorrows, or those of your loved ones, for granted. I lost my wife to Hodgkins Lymphoma when she was only 27. My thoughts are with Andy's family.
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12:45PM on 09/12/2011
Although I'm not familiar with the show, I once caught a behind the scene and saw how much enthusiasm Whitfield had for the show. Rest in peace, Mr. Whitfield. You're gone too soon.
Although I'm not familiar with the show, I once caught a behind the scene and saw how much enthusiasm Whitfield had for the show. Rest in peace, Mr. Whitfield. You're gone too soon.
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12:43PM on 09/12/2011
I'm so sad to hear this news especially after the apparent remission of his cancer :( He was awesome, and I will remember him that way. Bless you Andy and all your family and friends. Looking forward to the new series of Spartacus, but will sorely miss you in it, and I hope your replacement does you honour.
I'm so sad to hear this news especially after the apparent remission of his cancer :( He was awesome, and I will remember him that way. Bless you Andy and all your family and friends. Looking forward to the new series of Spartacus, but will sorely miss you in it, and I hope your replacement does you honour.
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12:41PM on 09/12/2011

Hey Cancer...FUCK YOU!!!

This is sad news indeed. I had honestly never heard of Andy until I saw him in Spartacus: Blood & Sand but I'm sure he would have elevated himself into stardom had it not been for his illness. Blood & Sand was beyond awesome thanks to him and any future project he took part in surely would've been elevated thanks to his presence. My heart goes out to his family for their loss. RIP Andy Whitfield. :(
This is sad news indeed. I had honestly never heard of Andy until I saw him in Spartacus: Blood & Sand but I'm sure he would have elevated himself into stardom had it not been for his illness. Blood & Sand was beyond awesome thanks to him and any future project he took part in surely would've been elevated thanks to his presence. My heart goes out to his family for their loss. RIP Andy Whitfield. :(
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12:31PM on 09/12/2011
Never watched 'Spartacus', but again it's sad when any good person dies and who's life in goal was just to make people happy with the characters he played.

R.I.P.
Never watched 'Spartacus', but again it's sad when any good person dies and who's life in goal was just to make people happy with the characters he played.

R.I.P.
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12:28PM on 09/12/2011

Too young

I never watched Spartacus but it's still very sad.
I never watched Spartacus but it's still very sad.
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12:25PM on 09/12/2011

GONE WAY TOO SOON

i just finished watching the first season of spartacus as well as Gabriel which is an under rated flick anyway
true loss of talent sourly missed
i just finished watching the first season of spartacus as well as Gabriel which is an under rated flick anyway
true loss of talent sourly missed
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12:17PM on 09/12/2011

Gone too soon R.I.P Andy

I just finished re-watching Spartacus: Blood & Sand, which is extremely cheesy yet very entertaing and I was so sad to hear that Andy had passed away. Rest In Peace
I just finished re-watching Spartacus: Blood & Sand, which is extremely cheesy yet very entertaing and I was so sad to hear that Andy had passed away. Rest In Peace
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12:11PM on 09/12/2011

RIP

He did such a great job with Spartacus and I was really looking forward to him returning to the show. Such a shame.
He did such a great job with Spartacus and I was really looking forward to him returning to the show. Such a shame.
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12:09PM on 09/12/2011

RIP

Sucks that after a period of remission where it looked he might pull through, the guy succumbs later. Thoughts with his family on their sad loss...
Sucks that after a period of remission where it looked he might pull through, the guy succumbs later. Thoughts with his family on their sad loss...
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11:55AM on 09/12/2011

RIP

Can't say I've seen Spartacus (I will eventually), but it's still really sad. The guy gets his first big break with this show, and it gets taken away all too soon.
Can't say I've seen Spartacus (I will eventually), but it's still really sad. The guy gets his first big break with this show, and it gets taken away all too soon.
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11:55AM on 09/12/2011

RIP

Can't say I've seen Spartacus (I will eventually), but it's still really sad. The guy gets his first big break with this show, and it gets taken away all too soon.
Can't say I've seen Spartacus (I will eventually), but it's still really sad. The guy gets his first big break with this show, and it gets taken away all too soon.
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11:52AM on 09/12/2011

Damn - this sucks

Pretty solid actor, loved him on Spartacus and seemed like a really nice guy in interviews, as well. Super bummer on a Monday. Thoughts out to the family.
Pretty solid actor, loved him on Spartacus and seemed like a really nice guy in interviews, as well. Super bummer on a Monday. Thoughts out to the family.
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