Celebrity deaths in 2011

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20 of 84: Andy Whitfield, former star of the cable series 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand,' died of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma on Sunday, September 11, 2011 at the age of 39, according to the Associated Press.

Whitfield died in Sydney, Australia. His wife, Vashti, called her husband a 'beautiful young warrior' who died on a 'sunny Sydney morning' in the 'arms of his loving wife.'

Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in March 2010 and began treatment. Production on the second season of the 'Spartacus' was put on hold and a prequel series called, 'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena,' was created to bridge a gap.

Whitfield then announced he was leaving the series in September 2010 after doctors told him he had to resume aggressive treatment of his non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

(Pictured: Andy Whitfield as Spartacus in a 2010 production still from 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand.') (Starz Entertainment)