Andy Whitfield's Death: Hollywood Pays Tribute to Former 'Spartacus' Star

8:14 PM PST 09/11/2011 by THR staff
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UPDATED: Series creator Steven DeKnight, Joel McHale, Katee Sackhoff and "Terra Nova" star Jason O'Mara are among those tweeting condolence messages.

Hollywood was quick to share its sadness over the death of former Spartacus star Andy Whitfield.

Whitfield died Sunday of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. He was diagnosed with the disease 18 months ago while prepping for the second season the Starz series.

Starz, with Whitfield’s blessing, later replaced him in the title role with Liam McIntyre.

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After the news of Whitfield’s death broke, several in Hollywood took to Twitter to share their condolences.

Spartacus creator Steven DeKnight
No words to express the depth of such a loss. You will be deeply missed, my brother.

Actress Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica)
I'm so saddened by the news of Andy Whitfield's passing. He was a great talent and a true warrior. #RIP

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X-Men: First Class co-writer Zack Stentz
RIP Andy Whitfield. You can be beautiful, strong & on top of the world & it can all be taken away in a moment. Life your life accordingly.

Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller
REST IN PEACE, MR. WHITFIELD

Community star Joel McHale (retweeting Fuller's tweet)
Terribly sad

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Body of Proof star Jeri Ryan
Damn. Cancer sucks. RIP...

Diector Norman Buckley (Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars)
So sad about Andy Whitfield. But a lesson--there are no guarantees. Every moment is precious. Life is a gift.

Terra Nova star Jason O'Mara
Shocked to hear of Andy Whitfield's passing. An actor who had just entered the prime of his career. So sad. He was my age... #Spartacus

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A Gifted Man co-star Julie Benz
A life cut way too short. So sad.

Terriers star Donal Logue
Non-hodgkins lymphoma & 67 other terminal illnesses need not be fatal if a marrow donor can be found- @bethematch.org. save a life

Actor Mehcad Brooks (Necessary Roughness, True Blood)
God bless Andy Whitfield. Aka Spartacus. Rest in peace.

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Paranormal State co-executive producer/star Ryan Daniel Buell
Spartacus star Andy Whitfield died of cancer today! He was an amazing actor! RIP Andy!

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