'Spartacus' Star Andy Whitfield Dies of Lymphoma

Andy Whitfield

The actor taking the titular role in the first season of 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand' passed away at the age of 39 in Sydney, Australia, eighteen months after he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Andy Whitfield has lost his battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Manager Sam Maydew said the actor playing the titular character in the first season of Starz's "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" passed away on Sunday, September 11 in Sydney, Australia, manager Sam Maydew said. He was 39.

In a statement cited by the Associated Press, Andy's wife Vashti described the actor as a "beautiful young warrior". Vashti additionally said that he died on a "sunny Sydney morning" in the "arms of his loving wife." Series creator Steven DeKnight, meanwhile, tweeted, "No words to express the depth of such a loss. You will be deeply missed, my brother."

News of Andy's passing came eighteen months after he was diagnosed with the disease. The actor was first diagnosed with Stage 1 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in early March of 2010 while he was preparing for the second season of the cable series. In January this year, Starz network announced that he will be replaced by another Australian actor, Liam McIntyre.

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    Sep 12, 2011

    It's sad to hear another life lost to this terrible disease. But why is it unless ur famous it seem to get any attention regarding this disease- I have 2 family members fighting the same disease and the government doesn't give a rats and u dint get any assistance to help u fight it ur just a number and to be honest there is never enough beds at the hospital for treatment for each and everyone who's fighting cancer So I believe all our palimentarions sound take a major pay cut at put in back into our health system and save lifes not let them live it up on our hard earned tax payer money they sound pay for there own travel we don't get a happy pay cheque when we retire....

    Sep 12, 2011

    That's terrible news. My thoughts are with his family. He was a fantastic actor in Spartacus and I can't believe he's gone. RIP.

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