‘SpongeBob’ creator Stephen Hillenburg dies at 57

It is surely a sad news for all the SpongeBob Squarepants fans out there. Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of the iconic cartoon character passed away at the age of 57, after a long battle with ATS.

Hillenburg earlier worked as a marine biologist, which might have given him some inspiration later for creating SpongeBob SquarePants for Nickelodeon. He then went on to contribute to the show Rocko’s Modern Life, which became one of the most popular cartoons in television history.

It was in 2017 that Hillenburg revealed his ALS diagnosis- a  rare neurological disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, causing muscle weakness, discomfort, and loss of motor control.

Hillenburg also directed The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie in 2004, which was intended as a finale for the show. However, after leaving the show for many years he returned back in 2014.

Farewell Stephen! We will miss you…

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