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Spongebob Squarepants Creator Dead at 57

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Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of the Nickelodeon cartoon series “SpongeBob SquarePants,” died on Monday. He was 57.

The cause of death was ALS, which Hillenburg revealed he had been diagnosed with in March of last year.

“We are incredibly saddened by the news that Steve Hillenburg has passed away following a battle with ALS,” Nickelodeon said in a statement. “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.”

Since it’s debut in 1999 Spongebob Squarepants has become the mascot of Nickelodeon and is the longest-running animated series for the kids network.

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Butch Hartman Remembers Friend Stephen Hillenburg

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Friends and colleagues have been paying tribute to Spongebob Squarepants creator Stephen Hillenburg following the news of his passing. Including Butch Hartman who worked at Nickelodeon and is the creator of the popular series The Fairly Oddparents and saw the rise of the famous yellow sponge and his friends.

Hartman shared his tribute on Twitter:

“No words. Steve Hillenburg was a friend and immensely talented creator. We grew up together at Nickelodeon. Prayers for his family and legions of fans. You will be sorely missed, Steve.”

 

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Check out an exclusive sneak peek of the SpongeBob SquarePants Halloween Special SpongeBob: Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom showcased at San Diego Comic Con!

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