Ioane John King, who starred because the gladiator Rhaskos in Starzs Spartacus series, has died carrying out a struggle with cancer, his family announced on Facebook. He was 49.
The actor starred in Spartacus from 2010 to 2013, and reprised his role in the prequel miniseries Spartacus: Stars of the Arena. The Stephen S. DeKnight show chronicles Spartacus journey from Roman gladiator to rebellion leader.
In a Facebook post, his family wrote he passed together with loving family and friends.
John leaves a large hole nowadays, having been an excellent husband, father, son, brother, friend and individual, the post continued. Those folks lucky to possess met him will continue with his legacy of kindness, positive influence, effort and love.
The actor had announced in January he had been identified as having adenocarcinoma cancer, which spread to his pancreas along with other organs, and started chemotherapy in March. In accordance with a fundraising page developed by his family, he learned of his terminal diagnosis six weeks after he and his wife Christelle moved right into a new home.
His Spartacus co-star Manu Bennett, who played Crixus, posted a heartfelt tribute to King on Instagram.
John had an extended struggle with cancer but faced that fight with dignity & a continuing resolve never to be defeated, the post began. On Spartacus John was hired being an extra but with a robust presence & ever good attitude between the cast & crew, won himself the speaking role of Rhaskos. Fans may remember Rhaskos leading the song My cock rages on! a defiant tune sung by gladiators after surviving the games.
He continued, I recall John most fondly for his huge grin & sparkle in his eye when he’d welcome me & others onto set every day offering the Gladiatorial forearm handshake & acknowledging in his deep raspy voice, Brother!’
Kings death happens ten years after Andy Whitfield, who starred as Spartacus, died of non-Hodgkin lymphoma at age 39.
Based on the Daily Mail, a funeral service happened Friday in Auckland.