Stefan Karl Stephenson, who’s known for playing Robbie Rotten on the “LazyTown” died from cancer.

TMZ reports that a spokesperson from his family told them that he died surrounded by friends and family. He was diagnosed with bile duct cancer 2 years previously. He had surgery, and the cancer appeared to have been successful. The cancer then returned earlier this year.

He first let his fans know that the cancer is inoperable, he then left them with a message:

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.

When he was diagnosed, his wife also left a message

Last Friday [2 March] we got confirmed after a trip to Köben in Jáeindaskan that there are new metastases in Stefán that can not be removed by surgery. 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. The first medication was yesterday.

The actor leaves behind his wife and four children.

Updated: August 21, 2018 — 8:43 pm

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