RIP Andy Whitfield

OMG!!! This came as a shocker!

Read at TMZ.com

Andy Whitfield — who left the show “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” after he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma — died today in Sydney, Australia. He was 39.

Whitfield’s wife issued a statement, saying her husband died on a “sunny Sydney morning” in the “arms of his loving wife.”

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Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma after the first season of Spartacus, initially causing a delay in production on Season 2 – during which the prequel, Gods of the Arena, was filmed. During this time, Whitfield had responded well to treatment and his cancer had gone into remission and he was expected to return for the second season, Spartacus: Vengeance, and even promoted the series at San Diego Comic-Con in 2010.

Unfortunately, shortly after Comic-Con came the word that his cancer had returned, and he was forced to drop out of the series completely. He was replaced in Spartacus: Vengeance – which is debuting in 2012.

You will always be remembered Andy! RIP

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