'Spartacus' Star Dead at 39

September 12, 2011 Updated Sep 12, 2011 at 10:21 AM EDT

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September 12, 2011 Updated Sep 12, 2011 at 10:21 AM EDT

Andy Whitfield, the star of the Starz network show Spartacus died Sunday at age 39, according to the New York Times.

Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2010, according to the report. Whitfield had been on a temporary leave of absence from the show following his diagnosis.

Read the New York Times story HERE.