Lazy Town‘s Robbie Rotten – Stefan Karl Stefansson- has passed away at the age of 43 years old following a long cancer battle.
Stefansson made an announcement in October 2016 that he had been diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma. LazyTown head writer Mark Valenti later set up a GoFundMe campaign to pay Stefansson‘s living costs when he became too ill to work. The campaign went viral with youtubers uploading parodies of Robbie Rotten singing Lazy Town songs “We are Number One” and “The Mine Song” to help raise awareness.
In August 2017, Stefansson stated he was in remission, noting on his GoFundMe campaign that while his metastases had been removed after successful liver surgery in June 2017, he still had the disease and had refused further adjuvant therapy.
In March 2018, Stefansson was diagnosed with inoperable cholangiocarcinoma, and said that he was undergoing chemotherapy to prolong his life. In April 2018, he announced that he personally chose to discontinue chemotherapy, and proceeded to shut down all his social media accounts. He died on 21 August 2018 at the age of 43.
Before his death he was awarded The Order of the Falcon an Icelandic Decree that is awarded to both Icelanders and citizens of other countries for achievements in Iceland or internationally.
Following his death Stefansson wife stated “Per Stefan’s wishes, there will be no funeral. His earthly remains will be scattered in secrecy in a distant ocean.”
It was announced by his manager, Cheryl Edison, that the Stefán Karl Academy & Center for the Performing Arts (a lifelong dream of Stefansson) would be launched in Switzerland in 2019 as a memorial to his career and that he was working on the curriculum for the Center up until he passed away.