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23 September 2011

Honouring A Fallen Hero - NZ New Idea 26 September 2011

This is an emotional tribute to Andy from the New Zealand New Idea magazine. According to the article, Andy's funeral is on today so spare a few moments and think of Vashti, his children and his friends on this very difficult day where they farewell a husband, a father and a dear friend. They will farewell Andy with a very special haka to honour him. It's a very moving article and quotes from Manu, Lucy and Peter. The article was scanned by Jo.







23 September 2011

Terri's Video Tribute to Andy Whitfield

Terri sent me the link to her latest video creation and I'll be honest I started to cry a few seconds into it. It's a beautiful tribute to the man, the actor, the father and husband. Rest in Peace, Andy.




23 September 2011

Tribute To Andy - US TV Guide 26 Sep - 02 Oct 2011

The US TV Guide has a tribute to Andy in the 26 September - 02 October 2011 Issue. Scanned by Lori.


Click on the thumbnail for the larger scan



18 September 2011

Butterfly With Broken Wings - Interview with Vashti Whitfield Sunday Telegraph 18 September 2011

ImageImageThe wife of Spartacus star Andy Whitfield tearfully recalls his last words

THE beloved wife of actor Andy Whitfield has tearfully recalled the brave Spartacus star's final words to his kids: "I am going to go to sleep now as my body won't work any more. I am like a butterfly with broken wings."

Vashti, 38, of Paddington, said the actor had tried to remain strong until the end and never lost hope he would be able to beat non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, the cancer which took his life last weekend.

He also made an emotional deathbed promise to his young family, telling his children Jesse Red, 6, and Indigo Sky, 4, "I will always be with you and will always be watching over you. I love you."

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18 September 2011

Andy Whitfield: The Show Must Go On - Herald On Sunday 18 September 2011





The Herald on Sunday (NZ) 18 September 2011 had the following article about Andy's passing with quotes from Vashti and the Spartacus cast





17 September 2011

Starz Remembers The Soul Of A Champion: Andy Whitfield

Beginning at 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 2, Tribute Includes Fan-Favorite Episodes to Showcase His Most Memorable Performances

Beverly Hills, Calif., September 16, 2011 ? Andy Whitfield ? an honorable fighter both on and off camera ? will be remembered on STARZ, Sunday, October 2 beginning at 9:00 p.m. (et/pt).


The actor passed away on September 11th and is known internationally for shaping the breakout role of Spartacus, during the first season of the STARZ Original series ?Spartacus: Blood and Sand.? He was chosen after a worldwide search to find the perfect Hollywood star to play the title role with passion and grace. His fans, friends, and colleagues alike have compared Whitefield?s own persona, to that of the noble, brave, honorable gladiator character he played on screen.


STARZ? tribute will showcase five episodes of the ?Spartacus: Blood and Sand? series, including the premiere and finale episodes. The network is set to re-air the entire season of ?Spartacus: Blood and Sand? on December 16, 2011.



16 September 2011

How to Transfer Money from US to Australia for Andy Whitfield Trust Fund Via Online Way

If you are having problems with transferring money from a US bank to the Australian Bank account for the Andy Whitfield Trust Fund or you don't know how to, here is a good site to help you.

It lists physical banks and online agencies that can do this for you. Unfortunately sending a check/cheque is not an option because Cheques/Checks will be too problematic from a clearance and tax point of view. The paypal account is in the works.

Click here to view

All of the money transfer providers listed on this site have been carefully vetted by, are regulated by the UK Government's Financial Services Authority (FSA) or the appropriate overseas body, and operate segregated client accounts and authorised to transfer money between Australia and USA

When you click the 'APPLY/QUOTE' button, you will be directed to the money transfer provider's web site you have chosen where you may need to register/apply to send money online to your chosen country.

Click here to view



14 September 2011

Tributes To Andy Artwork From Fans

Below are some of the artwork I received over the past few days that pays tribute to Andy. Many thanks to the artists.

From Klippart

Heroic in Life



From Daniel Joseph



From Carpe Chakram



From Maria





13 September 2011

Official Andy Whitfield Trust Fund + Lucy Lawless Message

Hey folks, many people have been asking how they can help Andy's family. Lucy has sent in the following note and a way to help the family out - a trust fund has been set up where you can donate to help out.

UPDATE: I believe TPTB are working on getting a paypal account for people to donate so news of that will be coming soon and a physical address for people to send cheques/checks to.


Dear Friends,

a trust fund has been set up for Andy's family. we are all keen to let Vashti know that her unwavering support of her husband's career was very much appreciated. Without her, Andy would never have left his career as a structural engineer to fulfill his dreams. She put her own career on hold to back him up. Filming schedules often leave the partner holding the baby 60 + hours a week for months on end. Andy's wife was a tower of strength through thick and thin. We want her to know how touched we were by his portrayal of Spartacus and how grateful we are for her part in it.
Blessings always,

The most important thing for Andy is that his family are supported in their future and so a facility has been established for anyone who wishes to contribute.

Bank details for accepting payment to Andy Whitfield's Estate.

Please note, this is an AUD currency account based in Australia so any transfers will be deemed foreign transfers on their end.

HSBC Bank Australia
Account Name: RGM Artist Group Pty Ltd Trust Account
Swift Code: HKBAAU2S
Branch Code: 343-001
Account No: 206 036 002
Currency: AUD
Reference: "Whitfield Donation"



12 September 2011

One Final Leap - Tribute To Andy by Olansamuelle

The Final Leap. Tribute by Olansamuelle - click on the thumbnail for the larger image.


'Say not in grief 'he is no more' but live in thankfulness that he was'
Hebrew proverb



12 September 2011

Tributes to Andy From His Wife Vashti and Spartacus Castmates

The following are tributes to Andy from his beloved wife Vashti, his Spartacus castmates, Starz and others. This page will be updated. The latest tributes will be at the top after Vashti's tribute to her husband.

The following is a statement from his wife, Vashti Whitfield: On a beautiful sunny sydney spring morning, surrounded by his family, in the arms of his loving wife, our beautiful young warrior Andy Whitfield lost his 18 month battle with lymphoma cancer. He passed peacefully surrounded by love. Thank you to all his fans whose love and support have help carry him to this point. He will be remembered as the inspiring, courageous and gentle man, father and husband he was.]

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Andy Whitfield," said Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht.  "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."

Lucy Lawless also paid tribute to him in a statement to EW: "Obviously, Andy Whitfield left an indelible mark on all of us in the Spartacus family. He was a gentle man who never said a bad word about anyone, a gifted photographer, engineer (no really!) and a brilliant actor. Andy's incandescent film presence made men want to be him and women want to marry him. Andy's two babies will always know that their Daddy cherished them and their mother, Vashti, above all things. How lucky we were to have him grace all our lives. Godspeed, Andy!?

No words to express the depth of such a loss. You will be deeply missed, my brother," said Spartacus creator Steven DeKnight on Twitter.

Spartacus director and producer Michael Hurst said production was stopped at all the show's studios this morning and cast and crew were told of Whitfield's death together.

"We took a little time to digest things and then carried on," Hurst said.
"The best tribute we can give to Andy is to go on and make a terrific show."
Hurst said although he was well aware of Whitefield's illness, the news was still sudden.
"But we're a strong family. We all loved Andy and he gave us his blessing. So we're getting on with it."

RIP Andy Whitfield, our true champion! You will be incredibly missed! I feel very honored to have known such a person in my life. Today marks a very sad day! Please join in sending him and his family our love & prayers!


Thank you for the kind words about Andy. He was one of the most beautiful people I've ever known - so compassionate, so loving to his friends, family and all who were honored to know him and his untimely passing is devastating. Please take a moment to love one another. -Erin

We lost a beautiful soul, words cannot express my sadness It is a difficult time for Andys family and out of respect for them, I hope you understand if I do not comment any further. Thank you. LA x

Rest peacefully Andy. You will be sorely missed. Long may you live in our hearts.

Is very saddened at the passing of the beautifully talented Andy Whitfield. My thoughts are with his family..

Rest now Champion xoxo

farewell to a most heroic man and dear friend. rest in peace andy. Love.


So sad Andy Whitfield lost his fight. Beautiful, inspiring man.
Will remember you always.
Goodbye, Andy Whitfield. You were an awesome actor. You will be missed. You even made me want to kill Gauls for a fat, foul Roman emperor.

Andy,there are no words. You were heroic in life, you will never be forgotten.




12 September 2011

Andy Has Lost His Battle With Cancer 11 September 2011

This is such sad news. After battling against non-Hodgkin Lymphoma after Spartacus Season 1 and going into remission, Andy had to battle once again when the disease came back and for 18 months he was in a fight for his life. Unfortunately this was one opponent he couldn't win against and yesterday, Andy lost the battle and passed away in Sydney.

This site will remain as a tribute to the man and the actor. I met Andy in 2009 during the Starship Supernova event. Lucy was there to sing and Andy and other cast members were there for support. He was such a gentle, humble guy. There was something so serene about him. He wasn't what I was expecting "Spartacus" to be. He brought something quite unique to the role. Thank you Andy.

AP has posted the following news regarding Andy's passing. My sincerest condolences go out to his wife, his children, his family, and his friends. I suspect his Spartacus castmates are in shock and are mourning the loss of their dear friend.

There will be many who didn't know Andy other than on the screen who will also mourn the passing of this great warrior.

Rest in peace Andy. The battle is over.

'Spartacus' star Whitfield dies of lymphoma at 39

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Andy Whitfield, the 39-year-old star of the cable series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," has died.

Manager Sam Maydew says Whitfield died 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.

In January the network announced that another Australian actor, Liam McIntyre, would take over the role.




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