'Spartacus' star Andy Whitfield dies at age 39

September 12, 2011 06:51

LOS ANGELES - Actor Andy Whitfield, the former star of TV show "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," died on Sunday of lymphoma in Sydney, Australia, at age 39, his representatives said.

Whitfield played the indomitable hero Spartacus in the Starz network show when it launched last year.

The actor, whose other credits included the 2010 film "The Clinic" and the 2007 movie "Gabriel," had to step away from his role on "Spartacus" due to his illness, non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

"On a beautiful sunny Sydney ... morning, surrounded by his family, in the arms of his loving wife, our beautiful young warrior Andy Whitfield lost his 18-month battle with lymphoma cancer," Vashti Whitfield, his wife, said in a statement.

Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht said he was "deeply saddened" by Whitfield's loss.

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