How did Stefan Karl Stefansson die? The 43-year-old actor was best known for his role on the hit children's show Lazy Town where his junk food-munching villain was pitted against child heroine Stephanie and fitness-loving hero Sportacus.
His role on the hit Icelandic show gave him a huge following and even though his character was named "Robbie Rotten" he was very loved.
His wife Steinunn announced his death saying, "My beloved, Stefan Karl Stefansson, 43, has passed away after battling aggressive bile duct cancer for two years."
Here is what we know about the tragic loss of Stefan Karl Stefansson.
1. He died from an aggressive form of cancer.
Stefansson was diagnosed in 2016 with bile duct cancer. He announced earlier this year that it had returned and was inoperable.
2. He had a message to the world shortly before he passed away.
“It’s not until they tell you you're going to die soon that you realize how short life is. Time is the most valuable thing in life because it never comes back. And whether you spend it in the arms of a loved one or alone in a prison-cell, life is what you make of it. Dream big.”
3. A GoFundMe page was started for him.
Lazy Town head writer Mark Valenti started a GoFundMe campaign shortly after Stefansson became too ill to work in 2016. The page went viral when fans posted their own parodies of Stefansson's hit song from the show “We Are Number One”. It raised over $170K.
4. Stefansson decided to stop chemo.
The Icelandic actor made the tough decision to stop chemo in March when his diagnosis was terminal.
5. He leaves behind a family.
Stefansson is survived by his wife, Steinunn and four children: three daughters and one son.
6. He tried to remain hopeful until the end.
A message on his social media read, "At the end of every storm there is a rainbow of hope." It was written across clouds and a rainbow on his Instagram on June 25. Stefan captioned it, “From the bottom of my heart I thank you for the support you provide me. You give me hope and you all move me.”
7. A performing arts center will be set up in his honor.
"In celebration of Stefan Karl and his contribution to the world of humor and joy of heartfelt expression that unites us all, The Stefan Karl Academy & Center for the Performing Arts will launch in 2019 in Switzerland, hosted by HIAG Immobilien," the late star's friend and manager, Cheryl Edison, told E! News in a statement. "In fulfillment of Stefan Karl's wishes, The Academy will be dedicated to training young people in the history and skills of expression across all genres, while the Theater will offer audiences an opportunity to become part of Stefan's legacy through enjoyment."
Molly Given is a writer living in Philadelphia and lover of all things to do with mystery and magic in life. When she’s not writing her fingers off she can be found planning her next adventure in a new part of the world.
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