The guy behind the yellow sponge roaming around in the ocean died on Monday. Stephen Hillenburg was 57 years old and the creator of Nickelodeon’s signature cartoon series SpongeBob SquarePants.
Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge! Hillenburg was struggling with ALS as he revealed this last year’s month of March.
Nickelodeon released a statement after he passed.
“We are incredibly saddened by the news that Steve Hillenburg has passed away following a battle with ALS,” Nickelodeon said in a statement. “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.”
Stephen Hillenburg was born on August 21, 1961, in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, the USA as Stephen McDannell Hillenburg. He was nominated for Primetime Emmy’s nine times.
Since his childhood, Hillenburg was passionate about two things, art and ocean. The result of following his passion is in front of the world in a beautiful character.
Nickelodeon tweeted to have a moment of silence in the memory of Hillenburg.
? We are sad to share the news of the passing of Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants. Today, we are observing a moment of silence to honor his life and work. ?
— Nickelodeon (@Nickelodeon) November 27, 2018
It feels really sad when someone dies an untimely death. But it is what it is.