Tributes paid as ‘LazyTown’ actor Stefan Karl Stefansson dies, aged 43

RIP.

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.

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.

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.