Actor Stefan Karl Stefansson, best known for his role as Robbie Rotten on children’s program LazyTown, has passed away.
Stefansson had been battling pancreatic cancer since 2016.
His wife, Icelandic actress Steinunn Olina, announced earlier this year that he was in his final stages:
“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 as it possibly can, to improve how he feels and to prolong his life. The first medication was yesterday.”
TMZ has now reported confirmation of the father-of-four’s passing, with a spokesperson stating Stefansson passed “surrounded by friends and family.”
Messages from fans of the show, which ran from 2004 - 2014, have poured in on social media:
Stefansson was a major part of childhoods around the world. May he rest in peace.