Ioane "John" King, who started out as the Starz historical drama Spartacus,

The actor's demise was announced by his family on a Facebook page.

He died at the age of 49 while fighting adenocarcinoma cancer

The New Zealander was with friends and family at the time of his death.

His family launched a fundraising page in March to cover medical expenses.

The site noted that King was diagnosed with cancer in January,

The disease was found in his pancreas and other organs and began chemotherapy in March.

Spartacus alum Manu Bennett paid tribute to his former co-star on Instagram,

Bennett stated that despite King being hired as an extra in the Gladiator series,

He earned "a powerful presence and positive roles among the cast.

A funeral service was held in Papakura, a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand.