'Spartacus' actor Andy Whitfield dies at 39

Monday September 12, 2011

Andy Whitfield, the Welsh-born 39-year-old star of the hit series Spartacus: Blood and Sand, has passed away.

Manager Sam Maydew said Andy died of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in Sydney, Australia.

The actor'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".

Andy, who was born in Amlwch, Anglesey 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.

He 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.

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