Well, this is really sad news.
Andy Whitfield, the former star of Spartacus: Blood and Sand, died of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Sunday morning in Sydney Australia.
He was 39 years old.
Whitfield was in peak physical form when, 18 months ago, he was diagnosed while preparing for the second season of the hit Starz series. Because of the diagnosis, the network was forced to replace him with Liam McIntyre.
I talked with Whitfield before the first season of Spartacus aired and he was absolutely wonderful. Laughing and cracking jokes, he was just so happy about the show, his work and life.
I re-posted the audio-link of the interview with him and cast-mate Lucy Lawless above. If you’d like to re-read the interview, click here.