Spartacus star Ioane King’s heartbreaking final moments as he has lunch with his mum and sister

Spartacus star Ioane ‘John’ King spent his final days surrounded by family before losing his battle with cancer this week.

The actor died on Monday at age 49 of adenocarcinoma cancer, which spread to his pancreas and other organs.

The Kiwi star took to social media on August 11, just four days before his death, to share footage of him having lunch with his mother and sister.

Spartacus star Ioane ‘John’ King spent his final days surrounded by family before losing his battle with cancer on Monday

The footage shows a cheery Ioane saying how much he appreciated ‘another beautiful day’ in his hometown before flipping the camera to show his mussel fritter toast.

Ioane was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma cancer in January of this year and it quickly spread to his pancreas and other organs.

Although the diagnosis was terminal, the Kiwi actor had started chemotherapy in March in a bid to slow down the progression.

The Kiwi star took to social media on August 11, just four days before his death, to share footage of him having lunch with his mother and sister

The Kiwi star took to social media on August 11, just four days before his death, to share footage of him having lunch with his mother and sister

The footage sees a cheery Ioane saying how much he appreciated 'another beautiful day' in his hometown before flipping the camera to show his mussel fritter toast

The footage sees a cheery Ioane saying how much he appreciated ‘another beautiful day’ in his hometown before flipping the camera to show his mussel fritter toast

King played the gladiator Rhaskos in the popular Starz franchise Spartacus.

He originally started off as an extra, but his role was gradually expanded and he eventually ended up with speaking parts and became popular with fans.

Tributes have poured in from his co-stars and friends since his death, including an emotional post from Manu Bennett, who played Crixus in Spartacus.

The Spartacus star died on Monday following a seven month battle with cancer.  King pictured in a promo for the Starz series

The Spartacus star died on Monday following a seven month battle with cancer. King pictured in a promo for the Starz series

King was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma cancer in January of this year and it quickly spread to his pancreas and other organs

King was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma cancer in January of this year and it quickly spread to his pancreas and other organs

King (left) played the gladiator Rhaskos in the popular Starz franchise Spartacus

King (left) played the gladiator Rhaskos in the popular Starz franchise Spartacus

‘John had a long battle with cancer but faced that fight with dignity & a constant resolve not to be defeated,’ Manu wrote.

‘On Spartacus, John was hired as an extra, but with a powerful presence & ever positive attitude amongst the cast & crew, won himself the speaking role of Rhaskos,’ he continued.

‘I remember John most fondly for his huge grin & sparkle in his eye when he would welcome me & others onto set each day offering the gladiatorial forearm handshake & acknowledging in his deep raspy voice, ‘Brother!’

‘He was one of the boys who held the team together & wore the B brand for the House Of Batiatus on his forearm with so much pride. Ioane (John) King was truly one of the Brothers.’

Tributes have poured in from his co-stars and friends since his death, including an emotional post from Manu Bennett (pictured), who played Crixus in Spartacus

Tributes have poured in from his co-stars and friends since his death, including an emotional post from Manu Bennett (pictured), who played Crixus in Spartacus

'John had a long battle with cancer but faced that fight with dignity & a constant resolve not to be defeated,' Manu wrote

‘John had a long battle with cancer but faced that fight with dignity & a constant resolve not to be defeated,’ Manu wrote

His family also issued an emotional statement on Facebook after his death.

With sadness we share that earlier today John’s fight ended. He passed in the company of loving friends and family,’ they wrote.

‘John leaves a big hole in this world, having been a wonderful husband, father, son, brother, friend and human being. Those of us lucky to have met him will carry on with his legacy of kindness, positive influence, hard work and love.’

King’s service was held on Friday at a funeral home in Papakura, a suburb of Auckland.

Before his death, some of King’s family members set up an online fundraiser to raise money to complete the home he bought with his wife Christelle.

King is pictured in April, after beginning chemotherapy to slow the progression of his cancer

King is pictured in April, after beginning chemotherapy to slow the progression of his cancer

The couple had purchased the home just six weeks before King was diagnosed with cancer.

‘They put their life savings into building a new home and intend to continue working on it for the next years,’ read the fundraiser.

‘But the pride and happiness surrounding this project were struck down. Six weeks after moving into their home total devastation hit with John’s diagnosis. They have had to reassess their priorities completely,’ it continued.

‘To his family John is our golden child. To his friends he is the most amazing, selfless soul we know. To everyone else, John is a wonderful stranger who makes this world better simply by being who he is.’

Outside of acting, the Kiwi star worked as a personal trainer and a corrections officer.

The Kiwi actor is pictured flashing a shaka sign while receiving treatment.  The friendly gesture means to take things easy and not to stress too much

The Kiwi actor is pictured flashing a shaka sign while receiving treatment. The friendly gesture means to take things easy and not to stress too much

King isn’t the only cast member from Spartacus who has lost their life to cancer.

The show’s lead, Welsh actor Andy Whitfield, was diagnosed with stage IV non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2010, and died 18 months later on September 11, 2011 at age 39.

His career and cancer battle were captured in the 2015 documentary, Be Here Now: The Andy Whitfield Story.

The film also focused on his relationship with his wife Vashti and their two children.

The late star is pictured with his wife Christelle.  They had purchased their first home together just weeks before he was diagnosed with cancer

The late star is pictured with his wife Christelle. They had purchased their first home together just weeks before he was diagnosed with cancer

The Spartacus star poses for a smiling selfie with wife Christelle before falling ill

The Spartacus star poses for a smiling selfie with wife Christelle before falling ill

Vashti spoke to Daily Mail Australia in 2016 about watching the documentary, saying: ‘We get to hang out again for two hours and I get to see him as a father and the moments I shared with the love of my life.’

She added: ‘Andy and I wanted to make the film to show people that whatever happens it’s an opportunity to grow and seize the moment.’

Spartacus premiered on Starz in 2010 and ran for four seasons.

It became popular with critics and audiences alike, and has since spawned comics, novels, and a video game.

Spartacus premiered on Starz in 2010 and ran for four seasons

Spartacus premiered on Starz in 2010 and ran for four seasons

Welsh actor Andy Whitfield, who played the lead role in the first season of Spartacus, was diagnosed with stage IV non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2010, and died 18 months later on September 11, 2011 at age 39. Whitfield is pictured in the series

Welsh actor Andy Whitfield, who played the lead role in the first season of Spartacus, was diagnosed with stage IV non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2010, and died 18 months later on September 11, 2011 at age 39. Whitfield is pictured in the series

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