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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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Aaron Maxwell    

An already sad day made just a little sadder by the dimming of a star. Sincere condolences to Andy Whitfield's family, and to the men and women who were priveleged to have worked with him.

1052 days ago
17.

Jodi    

So, so sorry to hear this. My condolences to his wife and the families of both.

1052 days ago
18.

Phil    

Born in 1974... it's 37 no ??? not 39 guyz.

1052 days ago
19.

Wayniak    

SPARTACUS!!! WE SALUTE YOU!!!

What a tragedy... You fought the good fight Andy. Rest in Peace. Condolences to your family & friends.

1052 days ago
20.

thestupid    

Awwww crap :( Very sad.

1052 days ago
21.

Legba    

Too young dammit! It wasn't your time yet Andy!

1052 days ago
22.

Michael Compton    

Very sad. Sincere condolences to those who knew him personally.

RIP

1052 days ago
23.

ylg    

Cancer STINKS

1052 days ago
24.

Yes indeed!    

So sad. Another hot, great Aussie actor dead at such a young age. May he Rest In Peace.

1052 days ago
25.

ChloeMarie    

Only the good die young...

1052 days ago
26.

Bad Motherhugger    

R.I.P. Andy Whitfield.


37 is not an appropriate age to go into the great beyond.


(TMZ weekend flunkies, this is the second obituary you've effed up with a mistake today! I guess you're on a "role", huh?)

1052 days ago
27.

Sheila    

Damn!!! Today was not a good day. My heart goes out to his family and friends. The reason I started watching "Spartacus" in the first place...Peace to you, young warrior...

1052 days ago
28.

darcy hill    

Very sad news, my condolences to his wife and family. I first saw him as Spartacus and loved the show. He will be missed.

1052 days ago
29.

daveskaye    

It'll get fixed as soon as they wake up from their early evening NAP!!! LOL!!

1052 days ago
30.

Mary    

What a handsome man and fabulous actor. My best wishes to Andy's family.

1052 days ago
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