Andy Whitfield's Death: Fans React to the 'Spartacus' Star Losing Battle With Lymphoma

5:40 AM PST 09/12/2011 by THR Staff
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After he succumbs to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma Sunday, people paid tribute on Twitter.

After former Spartacus star Andy Whitfield succumbed to his battle with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma on Sunday night at age 39, fans took to Twitter to pay tribute.

The actor was diagnosed just 18 months ago while preparing for the second season of the Starz series; he was later replaced with actor Liam McIntyre with Whitfield's blessing.

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Online outpouring of grief included:

Sam_Oliver46 Samantha Oliver
RIP Andy Whitfield #aussie

Dzurdza Dunia Duranowich
RIP Andy Whitfield.. :( such good actor.. long live andy's spartacus.. :(

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_Rraonllhy Rara Arista Mandala
RIP Andy Whitfield o:') hope you with god :') we love you andy ..

jennilopezusa jennilopez
‘Spartacus’ Star Andy Whitfield Dies Of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma At 39. So Sad.

amelorain a'me lorain
I can't believe Andy Whitfield passed. He was a very very very sweet person. :(

Chris_Foster81 Chris Foster
spartacus star Andy Whitfield death with non-Hodgkin lymphoma 11 September 09-11 R.I.P

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Tensei_Johnson Johnson osayande
Ohhhh tragic sparatacus main actor&Andy Whitfield is dead at age 39. 18 months after he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Thelittlestboho Miss Von Trapp
This is so sad BBC News - Spartacus TV actor Andy Whitfield dies at 39 bbc.in/mXnXhV

Gaaaffney Jonathan Gaffney
Andy Whitfield, star of ‘Spartacus,’ dies of lymphoma. Absolutely terrible news.. #Willbemissed #Spartacus

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derpingaround Utku Gürol
the bringer of rain, the slayer of the shadow of death, CHAMPION OF CAPUA! rest in peace, Andy Whitfield.

VicGladwin Victoria Gladwin
Devastated to hear about Andy Whitfield :o(

Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht said he and his network colleagues are "deeply saddened" over the news.

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"We were fortunate to have worked with Andy in Spartacus and came to know that the man who played a champion onscreen was also a champion in his own life," Albrecht said. " Andy was an inspiration to all of us as he faced this very personal battle with courage, strength and grace. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. He will live on in the hearts of his family, friends and fans.”

Whitfield's wife Vashti in a statement called her husband a "beautiful young warrior" who died on a "sunny Sydney morning" in the "arms of his loving wife."

Whitfield -- who was born in Wales and lived in Australia -- was a virtual unknown when he was cast as the title hero in Spartacus, a hit original series that made waves with its graphic violence and sexuality.

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