After LazyTown actor’s death, fans subscribe en masse to YouTube channel as a final thank you

The children’s show LazyTown aired its last episode in 2014, but years later, the educational program about getting physically active found a second life on the internet. Memes about its over-the-top characters abounded, but when actor Stefán Karl, who played LazyTown villain Robbie Rotten, was diagnosed with bile duct cancer, fans went into hyperdrive. If life was threatening to take away their favorite childhood villain, they reasoned, they might as well celebrate him as much as they could.

Robbie Rotten memes exploded online. For the online set, Rotten was the underdog of the show — flawed, but infinitely relatable. While Sportacus, LazyTown’s hero, encouraged kids to live healthier lifestyles, Robbie Rotten was a jealous man who…

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