Andy Whitfield at the Spartacus: Blood and Sand Press Conference at The Four Seasons Hotel on July 21 in Beverly Hills, California. (WireImage)

Andy Whitfield at the Spartacus: Blood and Sand Press Conference at The Four Seasons Hotel on July 21 in Beverly Hills, California. (WireImage)

Series lead Andy Whitfield will not return to the Starz series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” for the show’s second season because of a recurrence of cancer.

Whitfield has battled non-Hodkin’s lymphoma, and the recurrence will require aggressive treatment, Starz said in a statement.

“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,” said the 36-year-old Australian actor in a statement. “It seems that it is time for myself and my family to embark on another extraordinary journey.”

The story broke in March that the actor was diagnosed.

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6 Responses

  1. Kastle

    Man all my wishes and hopes go out to this guy. I believe he will destroy cancer like his character did to Theokoles!

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  2. Orlando

    Great show, even better actor, I really hope he pulls through this time and defeats this disease. My prayers go out to you Andy and your family, get well soon buddy.

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  3. joey mizzay mack

    get well andy, so you can kick the legatus’s ass. suck yeah. do it for brother crixus.

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  4. KKjimbo

    Very sad news, I thought Andy was brilliant in the role, hope he get’s well in time for the 007 re-casting (I think Daniel will move on) he would make a fantastic Bond.

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  5. Ness

    Ohhh What?… no way!.. the show wont be the same without him!…best Spartacus ever!…Just sincerely hope that you make a full recovery Andy…we certainly haven’t seen enough of you as an actor and I’m positive that you will be acting for a long time yet…get well soon!.. and stay strong! xx

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