IcelandStefán Karl Stefánsson

Stefan Karl Bio, Biography, Death and Cause, Wife, Children, Robbie Rotten, LazyTown

21 August 2018, Stefan Karl dies aged 43 from bile duct cancer

Stefan Karl Bio

Stefan Karl Stefánsson was born 10 July 1975 and died on 21 August 2018. He was an Icelandic actor and singer, best known for playing villain Robbie Rotten on the children’s television series LazyTown. Stefán Karl lived in Los Angeles with wife Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir, three daughters, and one son. In 2018, he was awarded the Order of the Falcon.

Born 10 July 1975 Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Died 21 August 2018 (aged 43) Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Bile duct cancer
Occupation Actor, singer Icelandic
Nationality Icelandic
Years active 1994–2018
Children 4

Stefan Karl Biography

Stefan started his acting career in 1994. At the tender age of 19, he worked as a puppeteer for television. During his years as a puppeteer, he had also been studying at the Drama Academy of Iceland. However, he was unsatisfied with the perspectives of Icelandic drama standards. He recalls that his principal at his high school said that “Acting is not about making faces and changing your face,” which he disagrees.

Stefan was invited by Magnús Scheving, an Icelandic gymnast, to portray one of the characters in the second LazyTown play. Scheving motive of creating the plays was due to his concerns about Iceland’s younger generation lacking sufficient physical exercise. ” I wanted the kids to get healthier, so he created this musical called LazyTown. He played Sportacus, the fitness fanatic, and I was Robbie Rotten, the guy who liked to stay indoors and sleep” Stefánsson explained. After initial success with the musical, Nickelodeon eventually made a deal with the creators of LazyTown to air the first 40 episodes of LazyTown along with a special studio built in Iceland. During the first few years of LazyTown in the early 2000s, Stefan initially did not understand English, but soon became a fluent English speaker.

Stefan Karl Cancer and death

Stefan’s announced in October 2016 that he had been diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma. A GoFundMe campaign was created by LazyTown head writer Mark Valenti to pay his upkeep expenses when he fell too ill to work. The campaign was popularized by various YouTube users uploading parodies of Stefan’s work, which led to the songs “We Are Number One” and “The Mine Song” from LazyTown becoming an Internet meme. On 11 August 2017, Stefan was announced as cured of cancer in an interview with RUV. Stefan further clarified on his campaign on GoFundMe that while his metastases have been removed after successful liver surgery in June 2017, he still had the disease and had refused further adjunct therapy.

In March 2018, Stefán was diagnosed with inoperable bile duct cancer. He started receiving chemotherapy treatment to slow the growth of cancer cells. In April 2018, Stefan announced that he chose to come off chemo, and proceeded to shut down all his social media accounts. Stefan Karl died at the age of 43 on August 21, 2018, from bile duct cancer.

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