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Spartacus star Andy Whitfield dies at 39

Andy Whitfield, the 39-year-old star of the cable series Spartacus: Blood and Sand, has died of Lymphoma. Whitfield was preparing for the second season when he was diagnosed with the ailment 18 months ago.

hollywood Updated: Sep 12, 2011 13:09 IST

Andy Whitfield, the 39-year-old star of the cable series Spartacus: Blood and Sand, has died.



Manager Sam Maydew says Whitfield died on Sunday of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in Sydney, Australia.



Whitfield's wife Vashti in a statement called her husband a "beautiful young warrior" who died on a "sunny Sydney morning" in the "arms of his loving wife."



Whitfield, who was born in Wales and lived in Australia, was a virtual unknown when he was cast as the title hero in Spartacus, a hit original series for the Starz network that made waves with its graphic violence and sexuality.



Whitfield was preparing for the second season when he was diagnosed 18 months ago.



In January, the network announced that another Australian actor, Liam McIntyre, would take over the role.