‘Spartacus’ actor dies at 49 after cancer battle

© Stars!Movie Channel/Courtesy Everett Collection

© Stars!Movie Channel/Courtesy Everett Collection

one of the main characters in the drama spartacus He died at the age of 49 after being diagnosed with cancer in January.

Ioane ‘John’ King was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma that had spread rapidly to the pancreas and other organs.

New Zealand actor played gladiator Rhaskos in Starz franchise spartacus.

Manu Bennett, who played Crixus on the show, paid tribute to his co-star on Instagram.

“upon spartacus John was hired as an extra, but won the speaking role for Rhaskos with his strong presence and constant positivity among the cast and crew,” he said. “Every day John welcomes me and others to the set, offers a gladiator forearm shake, and in his deep, raspy voice, ‘Brother!

His family released a statement on Facebook, saying the actor “passed away along with his beloved friends and family.”

“John was a wonderful husband, father, son, brother, friend and human being who left a huge hole in this world. We will continue our legacy of kindness, positive influence, hard work and love.”

family just a while ago launched an online fundraiser, saying John and wife Christel were hit with cancer news six weeks after moving into their home.

King’s death follows the death of spartacus Co-star Andy Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2010 and died 18 months later at the age of 39.

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