SYDNEY, Australia (KTLA) -- Andy Whitfield, famous for his leading role in the Starz series 'Spartacus,' has died.
The 39-year-old actor was recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
Whitfield's wife Vashti issued a statement Sunday, saying her husband died on a "sunny Sydney morning," "surrounded by love" in the "arms of his loving wife."
"Thank you to all his fans whose love and support have helped carry him to this point," she wrote. "He will be remembered as the inspiring, courageous and gentle man, father and husband he was."
"No words to express the depth of such a loss," 'Spartacus' co-creator Steven S. DeKnight wrote Sunday on Twitter. "You will be deeply missed, my brother."
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Andy Whitfield," Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht said in a statement. "We were fortunate to have worked with Andy in 'Spartacus' and came to know that the man who played a champion on-screen was also a champion in his own life. 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."
Actor Liam McIntyre replaced Whitfield in the most recent season after Whitfield's diagnosis.
The show debuted January 2010 as the most-watched premiere in Starz' history.
"Spartacus: Vengeance" is set to premiere in January.
'Spartacus' Star Andy Whitfield Dead at 39
The actor died at his home in Sydney.
'Spartacus' Andy Whitfield. (Getty Images)
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