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Former 'Spartacus' Star Andy Whitfield Dead at 39


Non-Hodgkin lymphoma took the life of former Spartacus: Blood and Sand actor Andy Whitfield over the weekend. He was just 39, according to the Hollywood Reporter:

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 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.

Said Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht: "We were fortunate to have worked with Andy in Spartacus and came to know that the man who played a champion onscreen was also a champion in his own life. Andy was an inspiration to all of us as he faced this very personal battle with courage, strength and grace. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. He will live on in the hearts of his family, friends and fans.”

A fan-made tribute, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. horrible disease. far too young. r.i.p.

    Posted by: matt | Sep 12, 2011 7:23:55 AM

  2. R.I.P. To a Star that got Me hooked to a TV. show God Of War:*) God&Jesus Bless You&Your Family:*) That show will never be the same without You:*( God Bless:*)

    Posted by: Marco | Sep 12, 2011 7:25:28 AM

  3. So sorry to hear of his passing, stunning man. He was spectacular on Spartacus, had star quality. He will be missed.

    Posted by: Rob West | Sep 12, 2011 7:51:32 AM

  4. didn't watch the show, but his star quality was undeniable. so sad to be taken so young with so much more to give.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Sep 12, 2011 8:43:38 AM

  5. I am deeply saddened by this news. I was moved by the beauty, passion, and life force of Andy Whitfield in the "Spartacus" series. A terrible loss, but I am glad that we have such a powerful character through which to remember him. RIP Andy Whitfield!

    Posted by: Jim | Sep 12, 2011 9:29:37 AM

  6. Andy was a beautiful man with a beautiful resonant voice. RIP.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 12, 2011 9:55:34 AM

  7. Any life cut short of a full one is sad. Condolences to his family, friends and fans. A good life cut too short.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Sep 12, 2011 11:03:46 AM

  8. Mes condoléances à sa famille. Andy était une personne plus belle, même si je ne le connaissais pas personnellement. Les Parques peuvent certainement jouer sur nous les plaisanteries les plus cruelles. Profondément manquer. Je ne suis pas souvent les soins de la mort de gens célèbres, mais cette année je me suis senti un proche parent était mort avec Andy et Amy Winehouse répondre à leurs décès prématurés. Que leur périple à travers le Styx être paisible et accueillant. Adieu.

    Posted by: SSCHIEFRSHA | Sep 12, 2011 11:58:17 AM

  9. i will miss you so much,i love your movie will be forever remember.RIP MY HERO

    Posted by: eveedenz | Sep 12, 2011 5:44:55 PM

  10. Very sad news...he was excellent in "Spartacus"

    Posted by: jaragon | Sep 12, 2011 6:09:33 PM

  11. I am speechless and still don't believe you re gone. tearing up God. love you man

    Posted by: Toye | Sep 12, 2011 6:25:32 PM

  12. This is very sad.

    Posted by: patricedyal | Sep 13, 2011 7:24:09 AM

  13. Tribute to Andy Withfield here. I will miss him. :(

    Posted by: Carlos | Sep 13, 2011 10:49:29 AM

  14. May ur gentle soul rest in perfect peace.Sincerely hope u had an encounter with Christ before ur death

    Posted by: Angela | Sep 13, 2011 1:18:00 PM

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