So sad! Andy Whitfield of “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” fame, passed away yesterday in his hometown of Sydney, Australia after a battle with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. He was only 39.

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

Chris Albrecht, President and CEO of Starz (which aired “Spartacus”), released a statement saying, “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Andy Whitfield. We were fortunate to have worked with Andy in ‘Spartacus’ and came to know that the man who played a champion on-screen was also a champion in his own life.”