Sadly, Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants has died at 57.
Stephen McDannell Hillenburg was an American, cartoonist, animator, and marine-biology teacher. He was the creator of the famous Nickelodeon animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants, which he directed, produced and wrote. It was one of the most beautiful, most watched and the fifth longest-running American animated series.
Nickelodeon said that Hillenburg died of ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease.
“Steve imbued SpongeBob SquarePants with a unique sense of humour and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere”, said Nickelodeon.
Hillenburg, started his career teaching marine biology at the Orange County Marine Institute in Dana Point, Calif. He later focused on animation, earning a degree at the California Institute of the Arts and working on Nickelodeon.
“It started me thinking, If I’m going to do a show, I would do it about these invertebrates and these crazy animals that exist in the ocean, and it would be the perfect fusion of the things that I did. It was that moment where I said, maybe I should pursue this, you know, go down this path”. -Stephen Hillenburg
Stephen Hillenburg you will be missed.