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Andy Whitfield and His Fight with Death

A Gladiator Who Fought Cancer and Died with Dignity

Andy Whitfield, the actor in the Sparticus from Starz, represented on the screen a strong and powerful leader who would lead a slave rebellion against the powers of Rome, in real life, he was a strong and powerful father who would lead his own fight against cancer.  Unfortunately, like Sparticus, Andy also while defying the odds, fell victim to defeat.  Yet as Sparticus, one cannot deny the fortitude and strength of Andy as he faced death.  In this, we can all be impressed.

Nicki Gostin writes in QA: ‘Spartacus’ star Andy Whitfield’s widow making doc about his fight with  cancer; calls death ‘beautiful,’ ‘heartbreaking’ about the story of Andy Whitfield and how he said good bye to his family.

In March 2010, Andy Whitfield was preparing to shoot the second season of the  television series “Spartacus” when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  The Welsh born actor was told that, given his age and fitness, with treatment,  there was every hope for a full recovery. He immediately began chemotherapy and  six weeks after the last session, a scan revealed the cancer was gone.

But not for long.

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This sad story of grief and death also hopes to show the beauty of commeration and eventually restoration in the next life. 

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Mark Moran, MA, GC-C, SCC-C

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