Tributes have been paid online after the death of popular LazyTown star Stefan Karl Stefansson, at the age of 43.
The Icelandic actor was best known for his role as Robbie Rotten on the children’s show, which aired from 2004 to 2014.
He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2016, but Stefansson revealed that it had returned earlier this year.
Rip stefan karl stefanson aka robby rotten :(((( another childhood hero g o n e but not forgotten :(( pic.twitter.com/EnVLENFILu
— i/a bc sad (@183hw_) August 21, 2018
In June, his wife Steinunn Olina revealed the cancer was in its final stages.
A statement from his wife read: “Stefan’s family wants to express their gratitude for the support and warmth received in recent years, and to express their deepest sympathy to the many friends and fans of Stefan Karl”.
Magnus Scheving, who created the show as well as portraying hero Sportacus, led tributes with a photo of the pair on Instagram.
“Today the world is poorer. Stefan a great talent and a humang beeing passed away. My heartfelt for his friends and family. LazyTown will be empty without you”, he wrote.
Other tributes came from Julianna Rose Mauriello, who portrayed Stephanie on the show.
“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. I always will be dancing right beside you. But I know you are not alone, you have my mom and grandma. Please watch over me. I will try to stay strong,” she wrote.
Tributes also flooded in from fans on Twitter.
Thank you Stefan Karl Stefansson for giving it your absolute all in your performance of Robbie Rotten to create one of the most fun and memorable children's characters of recent years. RIP
— Eddie Bowley (@Eddache_) August 22, 2018
RIP, Stefan Karl Stefansson, the voice of the wonderful Robbie Rotten. We're gonna miss you and you will always be number one to us. Before we part ways, though, let's take one more listen to the song that made him a legend. EVERYONE NOW! #StefanKarlStefansson #RobbieRotten pic.twitter.com/tckuj8edsj
— Zach L. & #TeamMaki's Official HQ 🌐🇺🇸❤️🍭🎮 (@zachl1226) August 22, 2018
Very unfortunate news, today. Stefan Karl Stefanson, the actor who played Robbie Rotten, just passed away recently from cancer at the age of 43 by confirmed sources.
Truly, this man will always be number one. Rest well, sir. pic.twitter.com/bXVVm9eQH8
— LeTotinos/Ashton (@LeTotinos) August 21, 2018
RIP Stefan Karl Stefansson. I was a little too old for Lazy Town when it first aired in the UK but Robbie Rotten was one of the most hilarious kids villains of all time – and judging by his social posts over the last few months, he knew that. And embraced it. True fucking legend.
— Jim Caddick (@Caddicarus) August 22, 2018
In one of his last Twitter posts, Stefansson confirmed that his cancer had returned, urging fans to “dream big” in their lives.
“It’s not until they tell you you’re going to die soon that you realise 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 wrote.