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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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fluflanna    

My dad passed away from non-hodgkin lymphoma at the age of 57...I thought that was young. Saying lots of prayers for this family right now!!!

1036 days ago
167.

Jake    

RIP - condolences to family and friends.

1036 days ago
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samrd    

Soo sad. I didn't know his health had gotten that bad. He was a great actor in Spartacus and seemed like a good guy. So young too.

Rest in peace!

1036 days ago
169.

wicked    

This is so sad. He made Spartacus what it is today and he's the reason I'm a fan of the show. I was so hoping he would return. He was the perfect Spartacus.

1036 days ago
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Fay    

((Sobs sobs sobs)) I loved Spartacus as Andy Whitfield. I will still never understand why we are cursed with such emotional pains! My heart goes out to his dear wife & family. May Andy's soul rest in eternal peace. I love you & will never forget u ((crying))

1036 days ago
171.

Jen    

Rest in Peace

1036 days ago
172.

Fay    

((Sobs sobs sobs)) I loved Spartacus as Andy Whitfield. I will still never understand why we are cursed with such emotional pains! My heart goes out to his dear wife & family. May Andy's soul rest in eternal peace. I love you & will never forget u ((crying))

1036 days ago
173.

Detroit    

Stop wasting money on unwinnable wars and dedicate it to stopping these terrible diseases.
Condolences to the family.

1036 days ago
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george hauersperger    

The family is in my thoughts and prayers. R.I.P Andy.

1036 days ago
175.

JLo on Steroids    

Jupitors kok

1035 days ago
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lulu's mommy    

Tears of pain fall for you today. G-d less you and deepest sympathies to your family and love ones. R.I.P friend

1035 days ago
177.

Ruud    

Very Bad News...
Condolences to his family.

R.I.P

1035 days ago
178.

bendetta    

damn that sucks. i was soooo hoping andy would get better, rip brother.condolences to his family,he will be missed...

1035 days ago
179.

arkeah    

Damn rip :/ I love the series spartacus. Best show i've EVER watched. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family

1035 days ago
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Hiro Takeuchi    

We feel so bad for his family but we will miss you so much in Spartacus... From Peru, rest in peace Andy...

1035 days ago
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