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The Man Behind SpongeBob SquarePants Passes Away

A sad day for fans.

The creator of hit cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants, former marine biology teacher Stephen Hillenburg recently passed away at the age of 57 yesterday.

The news of his demise was shared by Nickelodeon, the kids programming network that debuted SpongeBob to a generation of fans.

Stephen Hillenburg had been suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a disclosure that came to light last year during his interview with Variety.

“Anyone who knows me knows that I will continue to work on SpongeBob SquarePants and my other passions for as long as I am able,” he said at the time.

He died of complications from ALS at his home in Southern California.

His Career

Before he created his most famous creation, Hillenburg started his animation career in 1993, working on Rocko’s Modern Life for Nickelodeon from 1993-1996.

For Spongebob, he took most the concepts and characters from a comic book  The Intertidal Zone that he had developed over the years. Little did he know that SpongeBob SquarePants, which debuted in 1999, could go on to become the fifth longest-running American animated series to date.

“Obviously, SpongeBob is a comedy, but it really was inspired by me liking marine science. I focused on that, and I never thought the two would come together.”

He has also won two Emmys and six Annie Awards for SpongeBob SquarePants.

Fans Remember the Legend

The homages to Hillenburg continue to pour in from fans from all over the world, most of whom which feature a teary-eyed SpongeBob.

Some fans also shared their own memories of the show:

May his soul rest in peace.

Written by Samir Yawar

Samir is the Head of Entertainment at ProPakistani. Reach out to him at [email protected]


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