Andy Whitfield dead: Spartacus star loses his battle with cancer at age 39

“A beautiful young warrior: Spartacus star Andy Whitfield loses his battle with cancer at age 39

4:20 PM on 12th September 2011

Tragically young: Spartacus actor Andy Whitfield has died from cancer at the age of 39. He passed away in Sydney in the arms of his wife, it was announced today

Tragically young: Spartacus actor Andy Whitfield has died from cancer at the age of 39. He passed away in Sydney in the arms of his wife, it was announced today

Whitfield found fame in the TV remake of Spartacus and appeared in all 13 episodes of the first season. He was preparing to make the second when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Whitfield found fame in the TV remake of Spartacus and appeared in all 13 episodes of the first season. He was preparing to make the second when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma

TRIBUTE TO A “BEAUTIFUL WARRIOR”

Spartacus stars: Liam McIntyre and Lucy Lawless, pictured here in July, both spoke highly of Whitfield

Spartacus stars: Liam McIntyre and Lucy Lawless, pictured here in July, both spoke highly of Whitfield

The gladiator: Whitfield was a virtual unknown when he was cast as the legendary Thracian slave in Spartacus

The gladiator: Whitfield was a virtual unknown when he was cast as the legendary Thracian slave in Spartacus