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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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andyconda    

hope you find your heaven... you will be missed..

1085 days ago
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MP    

What a shame. I didn'*****ch his show, but I knew how much his fans were pulling for him. Very sad news.

1085 days ago
48.

fran    

this is really sad..only 39 RIP Andy....condolences to his family

1085 days ago
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Christina    

I am so sad. My deepest sympathies to his family. He was a great actor and a very attractive man.

1085 days ago
50.

lilly vivona    

A beautiful soul taken from us way too soon. Prayers to your family and loved one's are in abundance.Rest in Peace sweet Andy.

1085 days ago
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bring back recent posts    

...dam I hate cancer..poor guy..so young..his family must be suffering so badly right now...I'm glad his suffering has ended though...so not fair!

1085 days ago
52.

CoolKid    

So sad.. rest in peace. What a shame.. so young and talented.

1085 days ago
53.

Loxi    

My heart just sank reading this sad news. A great loss.

1085 days ago
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Johnny Matook    

God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be.So He put His arms around you and whispered “come to me.” With tearful eyes we watched you, and saw you pass away. Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest.God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.

1085 days ago
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M.T.    

I have to say it, chemo kills, RIP Andy I'm so sorry you had to leave this world that way, it wasn't your time.

1085 days ago
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GEL    

noel: 3 hours ago
nobody knows who this poor man is. stop with the sensationlism. It just makes your day when someone dies, doesn't it.
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noel, are you serious? No one knows who Andy Whitfield is (or unfortunately now, was?) Millions know who this man is from his portrayal of Spartacus in the Starz series Spartacus Blood & Sand...look it up.

It's horrible to watch someone go through what he suffered with his illness my heart goes out to his friends and loved ones who must deal with his loss.

1085 days ago
57.

soulflower    

R.I.P.

1085 days ago
58.

happilywed    

One has to wonder whether all the steroids he took to get that physique for TV caused or aggravated his cancer. If I were his widow, I would certainly be asking some serious questions about that.

1085 days ago
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Amandanonymous    

I don't know who he is, but it's always sad to see someone so young pass away.

1085 days ago
60.

LLM    

Such a young, handsome and talented man. Such a great loss. Rest in peace.

1085 days ago
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