'LazyTown' actor Stefan Karl Stefansson thought he had beaten cancer but then it returned
Before entering into his final battle against cancer, Stefansson has been optimistic about his recovery considering that he was cured of the disease.
'LazyTown' actor Stefan Karl Stefansson, who died on Tuesday at 43, had initially thought that he has been cured of the perilous disease that he was diagnosed with. Best known for his role as Robbie Rotten in 'LazyTown', the actor was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2016, however, it was apparently removed surgically.
Stefansson would often post on social media in order to keep his fans and followers updated about his health. He had posted on the GoFundMe page following his surgery, "I'm free of any cancer metastases right now after undergoing a very successful liver surgery in June this year performed by one of the best liver surgery teams in the world, Kristin Huld Haraldsdottir and Sigurdur Blöndal at the Icelandic University Hospital." However, he also mentioned that he wasn't entirely free of the danger, "but I'm free of the metastases."
As the chemo had taken a toll on his health, he decided not to go with any more treatment in case the cancer returned. "I have refused any further adjuvant therapy, chemo or radiation since there is less than 3 percent chance of it making any difference, but more likely it will make me more and more sick. So, if it comes back, if we are looking at other metastases, we will try surgery or nothing at all. [sic]" However, things didn't turn out well and in March this year, he developed the secondary growths, which couldn't be removed. He had posted on Twitter, "It's not until they tell you-you're going to die soon that you realize how short life is..."
His post immediately took fans by shock. The father-of-three later added, "Yesterday, no one could tell what would happen today, only that today might come. Life is like that every minute, we are waiting for it, will it come or will it not, but why? We should always live now because now has come, life is here and only now, so go get it!" Following his death, on Tuesday his wife Steinunn Olina paid a tribute to her husband, keeping her word to scatter his remains in the sea. "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."