Thoughts and Prayers to Andy Whitfield

19 Sep

It is with a truly heavy heart that I return from my vacation to break some sad news. Andy Whitfield, star of Spartacus: Blood and Sand has been re-diagnosed with cancer. Mr. Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma this past March and it was announced earlier this summer that his cancer had gone into remission. However, it seems that the cancer has returned and that our beloved Bringer of Rain is departing from the program to undergo more serious treatment and to focus on his health.

Andy released this statement to People Magazine:

“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.”

Starz has said it does not have any immediate plans for the future of the series, but extends their support to Andy and his family. Word is that the Spartacus prequel Spartacus: Gods of the Arena will be coming out January 2011 and will follow the gladiators of the House of Batiatus before the arrival of Spartacus. Read more here.

I would like to personally send my support and love to Andy and his family at this time and I know that with our thoughts and prayers it won’t be long till the Slayer of the Shadow of Death is back to kicking serious ass. Get better, Andy.

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4 Responses to “Thoughts and Prayers to Andy Whitfield”

  1. historyunderreview September 20, 2010 at 08:23 #

    Well thanks very much! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Rafa October 4, 2010 at 22:15 #

    Tonight your web is a little bit more international.
    Good job sweet girl! ;)

  3. Jane Seymour October 10, 2010 at 21:35 #

    After time reading this review I decided to watch the first episode of Spartacus, from the first episode i was hooked. So thanks to the mysterious writer of this blog.
    sorry to hear the bad news about Andy Whitfield. Lets hope they can find someone that is just as exceptional as he was in series 1.
    Bring on season 2!

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