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Andy Whitfield, Star of 'Spartacus' Series, Dies at 39

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    Andy Whitfield, who starred in the television series "Spartacus:
    Blood and Sand" died on Sunday in Sydney, Australia. He was 39.
    The cause was non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, his wife, Vashti, said in a
    statement.
    Mr. Whitfield, who was from Wales but lived in Australia, was a
    relatively unknown actor until he was chosen for the series, a sex-
    and blood-soaked version of the early life of the Thracian gladiator
    who led a slave rebellion against the Roman ruling class from 73 to
    71 B.C.
    Mr. Whitfield took what was supposed to be a temporary leave
    from the show, which was an instant hit after its January 2010
    debut, after a routine check-up in March of that year revealed a
    recurrence of cancer.
    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. But Mr. Whitfield never
    recovered enough to come back.
    Liam McIntyre, a virtual unknown from Australia, took over the
    leading role for the show's second season.
    Mr. McIntyre said then: "Andy's such a wonderful actor. I don't
    want to follow that guy, and everybody hurts that he's had to give
    up the role, myself included."
    Chris Albrecht, president and chief executive of Starz, said in a
    statement, "The man who played a champion on-screen was also a
    champion in his own life." Mr. Whitfield faced cancer with "courage,
    strength and grace," he said.
    In addition to his wife, Mr. Whitfield is survived by two children and
    a sister. In her statement, his wife described him as "our beautiful
    young warrior." She said he died in her arms.
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    It Hurts me so bad
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    Andy Whitfield  Rest in Peace...

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    Mehn,It's sad...cancer of this,cancer of that...this is wht's killin notable people now.

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