STEFÁN KARL STEFÁNSSON July 10, 1975 – August 21, 2018
Just a simple unused pencil sketch of Stefan Karl as-“Robbie Rotten” I had done some years ago when I was working yet on the LazyTown “Sports Candy” doujinshi. I was so happy that he got to see that btw. He laughed so hard about the airship routine. It was so simple, so casual, but God that meant --and still means-- so very much.
From "villain" to hero in a lifetime is not something many can achieve. To be both a joy and inspiration to a generation —that is what everyone should always strive for.
Now up front for a moment, I rarely get “religious” out loud on here (or any other social platform for that matter) but I needed my friends and my fans to know just where I have been in my heart and thoughts since this news first broke. It is just these kinds of moments exactly that try and grind on one’s faith. I felt so angry yesterday; so very angry! Even though I knew, we all knew this was a very real and unfortunate outcome for Stefan,. Even so, even then, there I was sitting thunderstruck, sobbing, and so mad. I was crying asking God why. Why did this have to happen?
The Bible teaches us that death is the final enemy that Christ will ultimately destroy, and until then, we all experience its effects in our lives. I don’t know if encountering death ever gets easy. In my life, at this age, I seem to come up against death on a regular basis now. If I am simply thinking about death as an intellectual topic, then it is very straightforward, and I’m unimpressed by it. But every single time I encounter death concretely — up close — it hurts. Because of that, I want to acknowledge loss as something that I think I (and most people reading this) can relate to; death not only destroys the natural life of the person, but it also plows into the lives of those all around it.
I remember suddenly that Jesus too, wept.
It is the shortest verse in the entire Bible. Just two words, “Jesus wept” (John 11:35). Though only 10 characters, too short even to tweet, that verse has tremendous significance, especially at this moment. There is comfort in knowing we do not worship a stoic God. The God we know in Christ feels our pain and he knows our losses. He weeps with us and I needed to remember that today. I am not alone. None of us are. Psalm 34:18 says, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” There is a unique and special promised nearness that you will enjoy. Yes, that is a tearful, painful, true word you will enjoy that you will not have once the sun comes out again.
He had to feel so painful because of cancer. Now, he can rest in peace. You had that pleasure to know him and he could see your artworks. I was so sad too, when this news came out, but I know you feel worse. Keep smiling and think that he doesn't have to feel pain anymore.