Stefán Karl Stefánsson’s fans are trying to get him a posthumous YouTube honor

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He’s getting close.

Stefán Karl Stefánsson’s fans badly want to get him to 1 million YouTube subscribers. About 10 days after his untimely death at the age of 43, they’re getting closer to pushing him over the top.

The day after the LazyTown actor and online superstar died, Reddit users on the r/dankmemes subreddit dedicated 24 hours to nothing but Stefánsson remembrances and memes. Now, Stefánsson’s fans, who loved him as the villain Robbie Rotten on the early 2000s children’s TV show and who made him a meme superstar on Reddit, are trying to procure for him the golden play button plaque that YouTubers who reach the seven-figure subscriber number receive in the mail.

Stefánsson wasn’t a prolific YouTube vlogger, but in a video uploaded 10 months ago, he made sure to thank fans for getting him to the 100,000 subscriber mark that earns YouTubers the silver play button. In his video, Stefánsson gushed about his fans for pushing him over the six-figure mark.

“Next, we need the gold button, and for that, we need 1 million subscribers,” he said. “So, click subscribe and cheer. He, he.”

Then, he turned his attention back to his silver button and said, “I’m going to hang this up to next my other trophy. I need a trophy room, I guess.”

Ten months later, he’s reached 770,000 subscribers (as of this writing). According to Social Blade, which provides YouTube analytics, Stefánsson had about 205,000 subscribers on Aug. 20 and had been averaging about 6,000 new subscribers per day. Stefánsson died on Aug. 21, and since then, his YouTube channel has averaged more than 55,000 new subscriptions per day. From Aug. 22-26, that average per day increased to 245,000.

He could surpass 1 million subscribers by next week, and clearly, the internet has been happy to contribute to Stefánsson’s subscriber count.

In 2015, Stefánsson was diagnosed with bile duct cancer. Despite a successful surgery in 2017, an inoperable form of the cancer returned this year.

As the description in r/dankmemes states, “Stefan, we want to thank you for all the amusement you gave us. We would also like to thank you for your positive outlook. Until the end, you kept your head up, and lived your life. We hope you’re doing great up there. #You are number one.”

Now, slightly less than (but soon to be more than) 1 million fans are making sure his family knows it.

H/T the Verge

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.