His manager, Sam Maydew says Whitfield died on Sunday of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in Sydney, Australia.
Whitfield’s wife Vashti in a statement called her husband a “beautiful young warrior” who died on a “sunny Sydney morning” in the “arms of his loving wife”.
Whitfield – who was born in Wales and lived in Australia – was a virtual unknown when he was cast as the title hero in Spartacus, a hit original series for the Starz network that made waves with its graphic violence and sexuality.
Whitfield was preparing for the second season when he was diagnosed 18 months ago.
Spartacus: Blood and Sand creator and executive producer Steven DeKnight expressed his sadness at the announcement of Whitfield’s passing via Twitter.
“No words to express the depth of such a loss. You will be deeply missed, my brother,” McKnight said.
The Starz network also released a statement through the show’s Facebook site.
“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.”
In January the network announced that another Australian actor, Liam McIntyre, would take over the role.
Newswarped is saddened by the news of Andy Whitfields death. He was senational in Spartacus. The good actors have fantastic screen prescence even without speaking. Andy was one of those. He acted as much with his brooding looks as with his oratory.