"Spongebob Squarepants" Creator Stephen Hillenburg Has Passed Away

Sadly, the creator of Bikini Bottom, Stephen Hillenburg, passed away this week at the young age of 57 after a battle with ALS, a rare muscle disorder that gradually paralyzes those it affects. 

Who amongst us can’t say that "Spongebob Squarepants" was a formative part of their childhood? I certainly remember watching countless episodes, and to this day I still get excited when I see it on TV. Spongebob's enthusiasm, Patrick's foolishness, Squidward's grumpiness, Mr. Krabs' greed, Plankton's schemes, and the list goes on. These characters provided endless joy and comfort to so many, and made Bikini Bottom an animated home away from home. Fans across social media have been sharing their condolences and talking about what Hillenburg's creation means to them, what their favourite episodes are, and how they will never forget his work. 

In a statement, Nickelodeon said, "“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. 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.”

Rest in peace, Stephen. Thank you for everything you brought us. Your legacy will never be forgotten. 

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