Stephen Hillenburg Creator of Spongebob Dies at 57


Ariela, Fresh Face Editor

Stephen Hillenburg, creator of the Nickelodeon cartoon show “Spongebob Squarepants” passed away on Monday, at age 57. Stephen told the public last year that he had been diagnosed with neurodegenerative disease ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

“We are incredibly saddened by the news that Steve Hillenburg has passed away following a battle with ALS,” Nickelodeon said. “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.” Image result for spongebob meme

After being a writer on the Nickelodeon’s series “Rocko’s Modern Life” from 1993-1996 he began writing, producing, and directing “Spongebob Squarepants.” On May 1, 1999, the first episode aired. The series has aired nearly 250 episodes to date. It appealed not only to children but older viewers as well, with college students even organizing viewing parties for the show.
Stephen Hillenburg will be truly be missed by not only children but older viewer too. He was a talented man who won both U.S. and British Emmy Awards, Annie Awards, and ASACP Awards. His passion and love for the show will forever live on.