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

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Liam McIntyre taking over the role of Spartacus after the sad death of Andy Whitfield. Seen here with series creator Steven DeKnight at Comicon

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Movie to detail cancer fight of Spartacus star Andy Whitfield

Spartacus star Andy Whitfield's cancer fight to feature in tribute movie more than three years after his death - Wales Online

How could my big, strong TV star husband just wither away? Widow of Spartacus star Andy Whitfield reveals the heartache behind his death from cancer

Spartacus star Andy Whitfield - "towards the end of filming, he began to suffer backache, Andy put it down to his training schedule. He consulted sports physicians but none could diagnose the problem. By early 2010 the pain was unbearable...a full body scan revealed he had stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma. After multiple rounds of chemo Andy passed away on Sept. 11, 2011.

A Farewell to the Stars We Lost This Year

ANDY WHITFIELD The handsome Welsh star of Spartacus: Blood and Sand announced his exit from the show in Sept. 2010, after suffering a recurrence of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Whitfield succombed to the cancer on Sept. 11 at age 39. His wife, Vashti, told the AP the "beautiful young warrior" died in the "arms of his loving wife."