Beloved Lazy Town actor Stefán Karl Stefánsson -aka Robbie Rotten- is in the final stages of cancer, his wife has revealed in a heartfelt Facebook post.
Stefán became an internet fave after his Lazy Town alter ego became the latest go-to for shitposters worldwide. When the online community discovered he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September 2016, a GoFundMe was set up t0 provide much needed funds. Over £100,000 has been raised so far.
Sadly, Stefán’s cancer continued to worsen
On June 2, a representative for Stefan told us:
“After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, going through surgery & chemo treatments, and being out of work for up to a year, this week [Stefan] went to the doctor in hopes of a final check-up, but instead his doctors found two tumors that metastasized and will need to be surgically removed – setting the kid-loving clown back even further.”
Stefán has sadly run out of conventional treatment options
In an emotional Facebook post, Stefán’s wife explained that the actor’s condition was now past the point of conventional treatment, and that his “candle burns quickly”.
[The following has been translated from Icelandic]
Many have asked us about Stefán’s health, so I asked him to tell me about the state of affairs.
Stefán has been hospitalised for 14 days. On June 7, three liver tumours were removed. After the operation Stefan suffered an infection which lasted a week. and afterwards, he received an infection that lasted for a week in hospital. Stephen has bile-duct cancer (Cholangiocarcinoma), a rare and little-researched disease.
The disease is now advanced to stage four, and therefore, his life expectancy is unfortunately significantly reduced.
Medication is not in sight when the disease is so far gone. Experiments are being made with drugs and life-extending conventional and non-traditional therapies around the world. But the answers haven’t been found yet. Conventional chemotherapy also does not deliver results when this is the case.
Metastases of this disease can sometimes be removed by surgical procedures, such as the operation that Stephen went through, but it is unlikely that he will undergo more when they come back. Little can be predicted right now. We hope for the best.
It was unbearable to tell our children that their dad would not live to be an old man, and that the time we had together was scarce. Taking away the hope that their dad will ever recover. The trust of your children does not make you save, even when it seems unreal. It has been a relief to know that they have not been lied to. If someone thinks that children are not able to have meaningful conversations about death, life and existence, then the same goes wrong with many things.
A vigilous priest at the Children’s Hospital brought this hard encounter with me and the four children and did it beautifully and with profound professionalism. I could not have done it without him.
Our family and friends are all over the state of affairs and each one takes on these heavy facts that we’re faced with. It’s surprising that if you’re stuck in a scene in the midst of a catastrophe – the sun is shining right now, just as nothing has gotten to it – how can it be? Life is no problem.
I would like to thank Stefán, Nurses, Patients, and all 13-G staff for the publicity in recent days. Great people all together. I would also like to thank the unexpected friend that I acquired on a bench outside of the hospital for the confidential conversation, the guns of a coach who went to the rallies with Júli and Steina in the hall of the National Hospital and the nightly smile that smiled at me when I went home at night.
Although the chances and statistics are not in our favor, and Stefán’s candle burns quickly, we will not stay with it and be scared of fear. We know that time is precious as never before and we have promised to enjoy it as well as we can. Death is strange – life is nothing but magnificent!
We’re keeping Stefan’s family and millions of fans close to our hearts at this difficult time.
If you need any support or information about cancer, visit Macmillan.