Sad news today as 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand' star, Andy Whitfield died of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The 39 year old Whitfield was diagnosed 18 months ago before the start of filming for the second season of 'Spartacus.' Starz had postponed the filming for the second season, but eventually recast the titular character with Liam McIntyre.
'Spartacus' creator Steven DeKnight took the news so hard that he took to 140 characters or less to express his grief.
“No words to express the depth of such a loss. You will be deeply missed, my brother,” saidSpartacus creator Steven DeKnight on Twitter.'Spartacus' co-star Lucy Lawless gave a much more heartfelt statement.
“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!”Whitfield did a great job as Spartacus and I will probably not watch the second season when it does air. It is always sad to see someone die young, especially when it seemed he was just starting to catch his stride.