LazyTown star Stefán Karl has deleted his social media presence, but not before sending a deeply affecting message to his fans.
The 42-year-old Icelandic actor, who played Robbie Rotten in the beloved children’s show, has made the decision to step back from social media.
Stefán, who suffers from inoperable cancer, wishes to focus on spending the remainder of his life with his family.
I'm really sad to see one of my childhood is in critical condition rn but I hope that Stefán Karl Stefánsson aka Robbie Rotten is happy
we're going to miss you pic.twitter.com/ajcpUgh1Us
— Ichigo シスカ (@AhlunSGWHO) April 6, 2018
After disappearing from social media, the Lazy Town Memes Facebook page published a tear-jerking post on behalf of Stefán:
Stefán Karl deactivated his Twitter account and slowly leaving Facebook now.
He asked me to tell ya’ll that he will always remember you guys, he loves you and will never let you down but now he’s going to focus on trying to extend his life as much as he can and enjoy life with his kids, wife and family.
‘Follow your dreams and know that death is nothing, life is everything.’
One of the very last tweets from Stefán’s account was particularly poignant, reading:
I don’t cry because he died, I laugh because he lived.
Fans are completely behind Stefán’s decision and have been offering words of support and admiration for the brave actor.
One person tweeted:
So Stefan Karl, the actor of Robbie Rotten, has deleted his social media so he can focus on his family and friends before he dies.
The man was an inspiration and a real hero to many kids around the world. May he have a peaceful end to his days.
Also i’m so sad about Stefan Karl but he should take the time he has left to focus on the people close to him.
So Stefan Karl, the actor of Robbie Rotten, has deleted his social media so he can focus on his family and friends before he dies. The man was an inspiration and a real hero to many kids around the world. May he have a peaceful end to his days.
— Slider (@Slider12312) April 5, 2018
I hope Stefan Karl knows how much joy hes brought me this past year with all the lazy town memes and getting me to actually enjoy watching lazytown. I wish him well these next few months
— absolute leg (@itscalledacting) April 6, 2018
I hate to sound depressing but I’m glad that Stefan Karl lived his final months knowing how happy he made everyone
— Monohades (@monohades) April 6, 2018
Just heard the news about Stefan Karl, and I'm honestly speechless. Beyond the musical phenomenon the internet has made of him, he's an incredibly kind soul who will unfortunately be taken from us too soon. His life may be short, but he was number one.
— DJbone (@DJbone169) April 6, 2018
So Stefan Karl Stefánsson’s Twitter was deleted. One of the last things tweeted before that page was deleted was, “I don’t cry because he’s died, I laugh because he lived…”
— Syn (@SynnnX) March 29, 2018
"Today I'm gonna be productive dammit"
*Sees that Stefan Karl has deleted his social media*
*Spends the day sitting in a dark room and crying*
— [Insert Witty Pseudonym Here] (@weirdbone) March 29, 2018
also i’m so sad about stefan karl but he should take the time he has left to focus on the people close to him
— sinny sin sin (@tiredbreadslice) April 6, 2018
Stefán was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2016. After liver surgery he appeared to have made an astonishing recovery; informing Icelandic broadcasting service RUV:
The damn disease is gone. Until it comes back, whenever that will be, which will hopefully be never. Life is now. It’s almost a miracle that I’m still here.
Unfortunately, the relief was short lived and in March 2018, Stefán revealed the cancer was back and there was nothing to be done.
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Tweeting in his usual philosophical style, Stefán broke the news to distraught fans:
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.
When one concerned person asked him whether the cancer had returned, Stefán responded:
Unfortunately it’s back and this time they can’t operate on it.
Just heard about Stefan Karl.
Man, it really sucks that it can't be operated on this time. The guy was a legend and still will be to many
— KaiTheGamer (@Kai0214TheGamer) April 6, 2018
Stefán Karl’s cancer came back and it sounds like he ain’t gonna make it,,,, heck i lover that man,,,,
— Eddi @ His House (@MediocreGecko) April 6, 2018
Stefán’s wife – actor Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir – spoke about the severity of her husband’s condition in a heartbreaking Facebook post:
Last Friday [2 March] we got confirmed after a trip to Köben in Jáeindaskan that there are new metastases in Stefán that can not be removed by surgery.
Even though I knew for a long time that this day would come, it’s a difficult turning point. There is no cure for this.
Now he will have to undergo chemotherapy to try to prolong his life and we hope that this will go as well is possibly can, to improve how he feels and to prolong his life. The first medication was yesterday.
Stefan Karl closed his Twitter today to spend his last months with his family.
Thank you for all of the smiles and memories, Stefan. You will always be number one. My well wishes are sent to his family and loved ones in recent events.
— Ashley ? (@RaspberryTrash) April 6, 2018
My heart is breaking over the news of Stefan Karl Stefansson. I wish him and his family nothing but health and happiness. Stay strong, Stefan, fight the good fight. You'll be in my thoughts. Never forget how much joy you've brought to so many of us. <3
— Nat (@natimations) April 6, 2018
Our thoughts are with Stefán Karl and his family at this difficult time.
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.