Spartacus Star Andy Whitfield Dies At Age 39
Posted on Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:00 PM PDT

AndyWhitfield091211.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Spartacus: Blood and Sand star Andy Whitfield died Sunday after an 18-month battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

The 39-year-old Welsh-born actor passed away in Australia, where he had lived since 1999. He played a gladiator hero in season one of the Starz show, but left in January as his cancer worsened.

Whitfield's wife Vashti Whitfield 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."