Actor Stefán Karl Stefánsson has passed away after a two year battle with bile duct cancer, Morgunblaðið reports. His wife, actress Steinunn Ólina Þorsteinsdóttir, revealed his death yesterday. Stefán leaves behind four children.
Stefán was born on July 10, 1975, and died at the age of 43. He is known internationally for his role in Lazytown, where he played the villain Robbie Rotten. He had been dubbed the Icelandic Jim Carrey, as he had a penchant for physical acting. Stefán played the Grinch in a successful play, which was brought to the United States with great fanfare. He also had a storied career in Icelandic theatre and film.
His legacy is not only in the world of acting, as Stefán led anti-bullying incentives in Iceland. A victim of childhood bullying himself, Stefán started the campaign Regnbogabörn (Rainbow Children) to combat bullying and assist bullying victims. Countless times he sat down with children who were in danger of committing suicide, to talk to them about their problems and assist them. He received the Icelandic Order of the Falcon, the highest honour for Icelandic citizens, in 2018 for his contribution to Icelandic acting as well as to Icelandic society.
Stefán has long been an inspiration to many, as his never-say-die attitude helped people tackle problems in their daily lives. His battle with cancer had been in the public eye, and Stefán always employed a healthy dose of humour in his problem solving. Stefán hosted the comedy show Stefán Karl grefur sína eigin gröf not long ago, which can be translated as ‘Stefán Karl digs his own grave.’
Stefán Karl is remembered all over the world, and fans have sent Stefán and his family supportive messages on social media.
“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,” he Tweeted recently.