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I was saddened to learn this week of the death of Stefán Karl Stefánsson.

Who he, you may ask. He was… is… he will always be the actor who played villain Robbie Rotten in the cult children’s TV series, LazyTown.

The premise of the show was fairly straightforward: Robbie Rotten was the villain, trying to get the children of Lazytown to spend more time being lazy, eating junk food and playing computer games.

Hero Sportacus, seen here cradling Robbie, always wins through with his regime of healthy eating and activity.

Lazytown was just far enough up the scale of weirdness to be cool without being frankly scary (see The Night Garden, In The). It was one of the kids shows that I was forced to sit through that I actually quite enjoyed. They were few and far between. I quite like Henry Danger these days.

But I digress, often.

Stefánsson was very open about his illness and how he reacted to it:

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.

All in all, he just seemed like a genuinely nice guy. And as Sportacus’ actor Magnús Scheving shared on Instagram:

Today the world is poorer. Stefan a great talent and a human being passed away. My heartfelt for his friends and family. LazyTown will be empty without you ??

Sad news.

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