Stephen Hillenburg SpongeBob SquarePants Creator Dies at 57

first_imgStay on target Oh man, R.I.P. Stephen Hillenburg. Thanks for giving us two decades of pure fun. These characters and memes will live on forever.— Jill Gutowitz (@jillboard) November 27, 2018 Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWhat to Stream on Amazon Prime This Weekend To Stephen Hillenburg:This grill is not a homeThis is not the stove I knowI would trade it all awayIf you’d come back to stayThis kitchen’s not the same without youIt’s just a greasy spoon(Just a greasy spoon)Without youRIP, and thank you.— Nathan Villasenor (@NVillasenor625) November 27, 2018Hillenburg is survived by his wife Karen Hillenburg, son Clay, brother Brian Kelly Hillenburg, and mother Nancy Hillenburg.More on Lee, Legendary Marvel Comics Co-Creator, Dies at 95Douglas Rain, the Eerie Voice of HAL 9000 in ‘2001,’ Dies at 90Mario Segale, Inspiration for Nintendo’s ‘Super Mario,’ Dies at 84 Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, has died at the age of 57.Hillenburg, who developed SpongeBob SquarePants and the Bikini Bottom universe, died on Monday, according to Variety.  Hillenburg’s cause of death was ALS, an illness which he was diagnosed with last year.“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,” Nickelodeon said in a statement to Variety. “Steve imbued SpongeBob SquarePants with a unique sense of humor and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere.” 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, 2018Hillenburg, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Planning and Interpretation, was always interested in art and sea creatures. His experience as a marine biology teacher in Florida led him to create and illustrate stories to help kids learn science, and some of these creations would later become the famous marine characters in SpongeBob SquarePants.In 1987, Hillenburg went to pursue an animation career and eventually earned his Master of Fine Arts in 1992. After wining an award for Best Animated Concept at the Ottawa International Animation Festival in 1992, Hillenburg worked on other projects, including his own animated short Wormholes and the Nickelodeon hit series, Rocko’s Modern Life.Following these projects, Hillenburg dedicated most of his time to write, direct, and produce SpongeBob SquarePants, which aired its first episode on Nickelodeon in 1999, and today, has almost 250 episodes on TV. SpongeBob SquarePants also went to the big screen twice with The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. It even got a Broadway musical adaptation.SpongeBob SquarePants has a diverse audience, spanning from kids to adults who appreciate SpongeBob SquarePants’ comedic personality and hilarious ocean adventures.  Fans on Twitter also expressed sadness over Hillenburg’s death and praised him for positively impacting their lives.Spongebob is the most influential cartoon of my generation hands down. The show will always have a special meaning to me and I’m thankful for all the laughs it has given me over the years. RIP Stephen Hillenburg and thanks for sharing Spongebob with the world— Tripp (@Tripphammr) November 27, 2018last_img

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