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'Spartacus' Star Andy Whitfield

Dead at 39

9/12/2011 5:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Andy Whitfield -- who left the show "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" after he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma -- died today in Sydney, Australia. He was 39.

Whitfield's wife issued a statement, saying her husband died on a "sunny Sydney morning" in the "arms of his loving wife."

Chris Albrecht, President and CEO of Starz (which aired "Spartacus"), released a statement saying, "We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Andy Whitfield. We were fortunate to have worked with Andy in 'Spartacus' and came to know that the man who played a champion on-screen was also a champion in his own life."

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luna    

im so sorry for he's wife and family,god bless they heart n

1134 days ago
152.

LisaL    

Really sad. I thought he was beating it. RIP Andy. I hope his family and friends are ok.

1134 days ago
153.

Nikkcolle    

RIP Andy!

1134 days ago
154.

May    

Man i´m really shocked about this, wao he was so young and full of life, this is sad, u are in our hearts Andy.

1134 days ago
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Mimi    

This is heartbreakingly sad. May he rest in peace. He was a great actor and did an amazing job in that role. He seemed like a beautiful man. I hope his wife and family can find some comfort knowing that he has been immortalized on the screen forever.

1134 days ago
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Mickey    

This is seriously heart-breaking news. I was such a big fan of his because of Spartcus and was so sad to learn his cancer had come back a second time. This is really just a shame. He was so talented and seemed like such a wonderful person. He will be very missed by his fans and my thoughts go out to his family.

1134 days ago
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harv    

He was a sexy ol thing on Spartacus and will be missed. RIP

1134 days ago
158.

lisa    

That is so sad to hear. I loved Andy in Spartacus and hoped he would get well and be able to return to the show one day. He was truly amazing actor.

1134 days ago
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Deanna Bermingham    

Bummer...

1134 days ago
160.

MasktRacer    

Very sad news. He had such a bright future ahead of him
in movies and other tv roles. To be an actor, who gets the
dream job of landing the title role, then doing an awesome job
in a very demanding physical role.. He WAS Spartacus!
I'm very sad for the production crew and other actors on Spartacus,
because he can't be replaced. (He was that damn good).

1134 days ago
161.

Sassy    

My deepest sympathies to Andy's family.

1134 days ago
162.

Stacey    

RIP Andy. Your smile, warm heart and talent will be missed.

1134 days ago
163.

Happy Smith    

It's Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma, you have spelled it incorrectly.

Great actor, gone too soon.

1134 days ago
164.

BrynK    

WoaH..I just seen a new preview with him in STARZ Spartacus Vengeance..Being released early 2012. He must have completed the new season..As to do as the Romans would.. Andy may the Gods be with you!

1134 days ago
165.

MIKE    

Far to youg and he was a great talent,he would have gone far in the biz, another tough/sweet guy star.

1134 days ago
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