Tragic death of actor Ioane “John” King at the age of 49

fans of the series Spartacus are in mourning. Ioane “John” King, who played Rhaskos in the miniseries Spartacus: the gods of the arena then in the series Spartacus: the blood of gladiators, died on August 16 following a long illness. The actor, who was only 49 years old, succumbed to cancer – an adenocarcinoma (a tumor developing from a gland) – which had been diagnosed to him last January and which had quickly spread to the pancreas then to other organs. In the terminal phase, the one who also officiated as a personal trainer and prison officer, was still undergoing chemotherapy since last March.

It’s on the page Facebook recounting his battle with the disease that the New Zealand comedian’s family broke the news. ” It is with sadness that we announce that John’s fight ended earlier today. He passed away surrounded by his friends and family. John leaves a big void in this world. He was a wonderful husband, father, son, brother, friend and human being. Those lucky enough to meet him will carry on his legacy of kindness, positive influence, hard work and love. Please continue to support his family in their own struggle during this difficult time. “, posted his relatives a few days ago on this page which also allowed them, a few months ago, to launch an appeal for donations to finance his medical expenses.

I am saddened by the death of Ioane “John” King (…) He fought a long fight against cancer but faced the disease with dignity and with the constant will not to lose this fight. He was hired as an extra in Spartacus but his powerful presence within the team and the cast won him the role of Rhaskos. (…) I especially remember John for his big smile and the sparkle in his eyes when he greeted us on set every day by offering us the gladiator’s handshake (…) He was one of the men who kept the team together and he wore the House of Batiatus B mark on his forearm with such pride. He was truly one of our brothers “, reacted on Instagram Manu Bennett alias Crixus in Spartacus.

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