Andy Whitfield, the Welsh born 39 year old actor with an impressive physique who was a star of the Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand passed away on Sunday in Sydney, Australia, a victim of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. It was said by his manager and wife that he died on sunny Sydney morning" in the "arms of his loving wife." He had lived in Australia since enrolling at University of Western Sydney, studying engineering. Whitfield who broke through into acting late (in his mid 30's) was building a notoriety for himself on the show, but was forced to exit it when he was diagnosed with the disease 18 months ago. Says Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht;
"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."Whitfield was also one of the stars of the horror movie The Clinic (which comes to DVD in the UK next month, our review already being worked on) and a leading role in the Australian thriller Gabriel where it looked like he might become the next Sam Worthington. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends today.