Spartacus: Blood and Sand star Andy Whitfield passed away at the age of 39 yesterday, about a year after a recurrence of his Stage 1 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
While thoughtful messages and Tweets pour in from around Hollywood, former co-star Lucy Lawless has released a special statement to Entertainment Weekly that reads:
“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!”Elsewhere, Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht also acknowledged the passing of Whitfield. He wrote:
“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.”