R.I.P. Stephen Hillenburg: These Tributes To The SpongeBob Creator Will Bring You To Tears

The undersea life Bikini Bottom and thousands and thousands followers in all places are mourning the demise a legend right this moment.

According to , the creator the hit Nickelodeon cartoon present SpongeBob SquarePants, Stephen Hillenburg, has died at age 57.

Hillenburg died on Monday after an extended battle with ALS, which he revealed he had again in March final yr. Nickelodeon launched a press release in honor the deceased creator:

The first episode SpongeBob SquarePants premiered on May 1, 1999 and the primary season continued its full run beginning on July 17 that yr.

Hillenburg was no stranger to sea life when the present started. He graduated from Humboldt State University in 1984 with a bachelor’s diploma in Natural Resource Planning and Interpretation with a give attention to marine sources. Hillenburg then grew to become a marine biology trainer on the Orange County Marine Institute (now referred to as the Ocean Institute) in Dana Point, California.

His love for the ocean and all its inhabitants led him to write down and illustrate tales as instructing instruments. The characters he imagined would later change into the residents SpongeBob’s underwater metropolis Bikini Bottom.


Since SpongeBob premiered in 1999, the present has aired practically 250 episodes up to now. Older and youthful audiences alike took a loving to the present, to the purpose that faculty college students would arrange viewing events.

The present has racked up U.S. and British Emmy Awards, Annie Awards, and it’s been dubbed or subtitled in additional than 60 languages. A theatrical movie for the present referred to as The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie was launched in 2004 and ultimately grossed over $140 million worldwide. A 2015 sequel referred to as The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Water adopted. Hillenburg helped create the story for each movies and he directed the primary film.

Since information broke Hillenburg’s passing, individuals have been flooding social media with tributes, condolences and recollections how the present impacted their life.

Illustrators, animators and artists had been some the primary to start out drawing tributes to Hillenburg…

Hit the following pages for extra heartbreaking and touching tributes to Hillenburg. He is certainly one animator who will likely be missed.