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Hollywood actor and 39-year-old star of the cable series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” Andy Whitfield has passed away.

Born in Wales and raised in Australia, Andy was considered by many a virtual unknown when hired alongside fellow actors Lucy Lawless, John Hannah and Peter Mensah to star in the original series from the Starz network. A series known for it’s sexual content and graphic violence Andy fit the role of Spartacus perfectly, a former soldier condemned to fight in the arena as a gladiator and ultimately leads a rebellion against the Roman Empire. This role showcased not only his athletic side, but allowed Andy to show his depth as an actor and portray a man deeply in love with his wife. This duality made Andy an instant star the world over.

Sadly, in March 2010 while prepping for the second season of “Spartacus”, Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodkin Lymphoma and began treatment immediately. In between all this adversity Andy still took the time to have fun, co-starring alongside Youtube filmmaker Freddie Wong in the 2 minute short Time Crisis. Earlier this year fellow Australian Liam McIntyre was signed to take over the role.

Andy’s manager Sam Maydew confirmed that he passed away Sunday of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in Sydney, Australia.

In a statement made by Whitfield’s wife Vashti she called her husband a “beautiful young warrior” who died on a “sunny Sydney morning” in the “arms of his loving wife.”

The man was a true warrior to the end and will sorely be missed by his fans, but more importantly his friends and family.

Via: Associated Press

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