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Spartacus star Andy Whitfield passes away

Sad news tonight. Spartacus star Andy Whitfield has passed away at the age of 39 after an 18-month battle with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma:

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Andy Whitfield,” said Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht in a statement.  “We were fortunate to have […]

Starz will recast lead role in ‘Spartacus’

Starz is officially moving forward with a re-casting of the lead role in Spartacus: Blood and Sand. As previously reported (see here and here), the network plans to recast the role played by Andy Whitfield after it was announced that the actor had a cancer recurrence which made it impossible for him to return to […]

Starz exploring ‘Spartacus’ options

With the recent unfortunate news of the recurrence of‘Spartacus’ star Andy Whitfield’s cancer, Starz is said to be exploring their options for the hit original series, options which include recasting the lead role.

Though the actor would most likely play Spartacus, another, much less likely, possibility involves re-shaping the series around a […]

Andy Whitfield won’t return to Spartacus next season

Very unfortunate news for Spartacus: Blood and Sand star Andy Whitfield. Starz has released a statement revealing that the actor has been advised by his doctors to immediately resume aggressive treatment for a recurrence of cancer. Because of that, he will not be returning for the show’s second season, which was tentatatively set to air in September 2011:

“It’s with a deep sense of disappointment that I must step aside from such an exceptional project as Spartacus and all the wonderful people involved. It seems that it is time for myself and my family to embark on another extraordinary journey. Thank you sincerely for the support so far,” said Whitfield.

“Our hearts and prayers are with Andy and his family during this difficult time,” said Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht. “Andy is not only an incredible actor whose portrayal of Spartacus made an indelible impression on Starz audiences, he is also an amazing human being whose courage, strength, and grace in the face of adversity have inspired all of us.”

The full press release follows after the jump.

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