'Spartacus: Blood and Sand' Star Andy Whitfield Diagnosed With Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Production on second season of the hit Starz series delayed to accommodate treatment
LOS ANGELES, March 9 -- Andy Whitfield, who plays the title role in Starz Original series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," announced today he has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and will begin treatment immediately in New Zealand. Whitfield discovered the cancer during a routine checkup as he prepped for the sophomore season. Andy's doctors have stated his condition is very treatable, and was detected in its early stages.
"I'm receiving excellent care, and am feeling strong, positive and determined with an army of support behind me," says Whitfield.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Andy," says Chris Albrecht, President and CEO of Starz. "His health, of course, is our primary concern. He has our complete support during this difficult time."
The second season was scheduled to begin shooting shortly in New Zealand, but has been postponed to accommodate Andy's treatment.
"Spartacus: Blood and Sand" has been a breakout success for the Starz network. The first season finale airs Friday, April 16th.
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