Stefán Karl Says His Cancer Is Back And 'Inoperable'

15 March 2018, 13:04 | Updated: 15 March 2018, 13:12

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Benedict Townsend

By Benedict Townsend

Our thoughts are with Stefán and his family at this difficult time

Stefán Karl Stefánsson, the Icelandic actor known globally for his beloved LazyTown character Robbie Rotten, has announced that his cancer has returned, and that this time "they can't operate on it."

Karl became a global star when he took on the main villain role in the TV show LazyTown back in 2004 (a role he had previously played on stage in Iceland).

Stefán then found a second wave of fame when one of the songs he performed on the show 'We Are Number One', suddenly became a massive meme online (arguably the biggest meme of 2016 in fact). Stefan fully embraced the meme, even performing a live version of the song with the original actors, in tribute to it - which only endeared him more in the eyes of fans.

Then he revealed he was suffering from cancer

Soon after the meme spread worldwide, the actor revealed he was suffering from pancreatic cancer. In late 2017 he then appeared to be making a miraculous recovery, but he now he says he has been diagnosed with new metastases, and that these cannot be surgically removed. In simple terms, this means the cancer has spread. Doctors sometimes refer to this as 'advanced cancer'.

However, he has remained the positive and inspirational figure he has always been:

His wife explained the situation in a public post

Writing on Facebook, his wife said:

"His wife writes, "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."