Andy Whitfield, Star of TV's Spartacus, Dies of Cancer at 39
09/11/2011 AT 10:45 PM EDT
The actor's wife Vashti said in a statement that the "beautiful young warrior" died on a "sunny Sydney morning" in the "arms of his loving wife," the Associated Press reports.
Born in Wales and a resident of Australia, Whitfield was preparing for a second season in September 2010 when he announced that he would not be returning to the Starz series so he could undergo aggressive cancer treatment. He was replaced by actor Liam McIntyre.
In Whitfield's statement, he said, "It seems that it is time for myself and my family to embark on another extraordinary journey."