According to Variety, Stephen Hillenburg the creator of one of the most legendary cartoons ever, Spongebob Squarepants, died yesterday. Stephen’s iconic cartoon first aired in 1999 and bloomed into a successful run of 20 years; making the youth who were growing up in that era, smile and entertained by the world of Bikini Bottom and the ambitious Spongebob himself. The characters in the show were very unique, which made them all special to Spongebob. Being that Spongebob Squarepants was a cartoon for children, it is still in the likes college kids and parents as well.
Hillenburg’s cause of death was ALS, which he announced last year that he was diagnosed. He will forever be missed and lives on through his wife, son, and his mother.
Nickelodeon, who aired Spongebob Squarepants, made a statement saying:
“We are incredibly saddened by the news that Steve Hillenburg has passed away following a battle with ALS. He was a beloved friend and long-time creative partner to everyone at Nickelodeon, and our hearts go out to his entire family. Steve imbued SpongeBob SquarePants with a unique sense of humor and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere. His utterly original characters and the world of Bikini Bottom will long stand as a reminder of the value of optimism, friendship and the limitless power of imagination.”
May he rest in peace.
In memory of Stephen Hillenburg, here is a clip of Spongebob’s funniest moments: