Actor Andy Whitfield has passed away at the age of 39.

Andy lost his 18-month battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, his family confirmed over the weekend. He had stepped down from his role on 'Spartacus' in January after his cancer took a turn for the worse. His wife Vashti shared in a statement:

"On a beautiful sunny Sydney spring morning, surrounded by his family, in the arms of his loving wife, our beautiful young warrior Andy Whitfield lost his 18 month battle with lymphoma cancer. He passed peacefully surrounded by love. Thank you to all his fans whose love and support have help carry him to this point. He will be remembered as the inspiring, courageous and gentle man, father and husband he was."

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.


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