Actor Andy Whitfield, who starred in the successful television series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand”, died yesterday in Sydney, Australia where he had lived since 1999. A year and a half ago Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer, a rare form of lymphoma cancer. Andy Whitfield lost his battle with lymphoma cancer after 18 months. Andy Whitfield died at age 39.
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Whitfield’s wife Vashti said in a statement:
On a beautiful sunny Sydney spring 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. He passed peacefully surrounded by love. Thank you to all his fans whose love and support have help carry him to this point. He will be remembered as the inspiring, courageous and gentle man, father and husband he was.
Starz Entertainment, the premium channel that airs the show, used different actors to film a prequel called ‘Spartacus: Gods of the Arena’ while awaiting the star’s return. Whitfield never recovered enough to come back. Liam McIntyre, from Australia, took over the leading role for the show’s second season.
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