‘Spartacus: Blood & Sand’ star Andy Whitfield dies of Lymphoma Cancer at 39

September 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Andy Whitfield, Lymphoma CancerAndy Whitfield, who played the title role in the hit cable series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” has died at age 39, in accordance with representatives and family. Whitfield died Sunday in Sydney, Australia, 18 months right after he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma (lymphoma cancer), manager Sam Maydew told the Associated Press.

Andy Whitfield – who was born in Wales and moved to Australia in 1999 – was a virtual unknown when he was cast since the legendary Thracian slave in “Spartacus,” a role produced well-known by Kirk Douglas inside the 1960 Stanley Kubrick film. Whitfield appeared in all 13 episodes from the 1st season that aired in 2010, and was preparing to shoot the second when he was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer.

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What is lymphoma cancer ?

According to MayoClinic, Lymphoma (Hodgkin’s Disease and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma) is cancer that originates in your lymphatic system, the disease-fighting network spread throughout your body. In non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, tumors develop from lymphocytes — a type of white blood cell. Many different subtypes of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma exist. The most common non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma subtypes include diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and follicular lymphoma.

lymphoma cancer symptoms

Signs and symptoms of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma may include:

  • Swollen lymph nodes in your neck, armpit or groin
  • Abdominal pain or swelling
  • Chest pain, coughing or trouble breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Night sweats
  • Weight loss

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