Stephen Hillenburg, Spongebob Creator Dies; Cause Of Death At Age 57
Crying tissues for Spongebob Squarepants' fans for the show's creator, Stephen Hillenburg dies at the age of 57!
Stephen Hillenburg joins the list of "celebrity who died on 2018" after he took last breath on Monday, 26 November 2018. He was diagnosed with "Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis" (ALS) in 2017, which he later talked publicly about it in March 2017.
Stephen's cause of death, ALS is an incurable disease that attacks the nerve cells that control muscles and rapidly increases. His funeral services were still on pending on Tuesday i.e., 27 November 2018.
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The Nickelodeon network, with whom Stephen has worked since 1999, announced about his untimely demise on a statement on 27 November 2018. It further stated that Stephen was a "beloved friend" and 'long-time creative partner."
Also, praising his limitless power, the network admired his unique sense of humor.
"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."
Also, Nickelodeon took to Twitter to share the passing news of Stephen.
"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."
The SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg in 2001 in Los Angeles (Photo: dailymail.co.uk)
While he was first diagnosed with the disease, he told Variety that his contribution to the network lives as long as he is taking his breath.
At that time, the network said in a statement to Variety that he is a beloved friend and a "brilliant creator" who brings joy to millions of fans and the network's 'thoughts and support' are with Stephen and his family.
As a child, he was always the ocean freak and liked to explore the tide pools. And his lifelong love to the ocean led him first to get his bachelor's degree in the Marine Biology and went on to become the marine-biology teacher in Orange Country Marine Institute.
Stephen, who had a net worth of $120 million, combined his interest on the sea and its creatures into his art form which led him to write and create the world of Spongebob. Later, he created his hit underwater animated series SpongeBob SquarePants.
Stephen 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.
He commenced his career in Nickelodeon with Rocko's Modern Life from 1993 to 1996. Then he wrote, produced and directed America's one of the hit TV show, Spongebob in 1999.
Since making SpongeBob SquarePants, he had produced numerous TV shows and movies which went on to increase his number of awards and figure in his net worth.
For his contribution to the animation field, he was honored with the Daytime Emmy Awards in April 2018. Similarly, he has also won the "Best Winner Concept" in the 1992's Wormholes.
The Television vet is survived by his family; wife Karen, son Clay, mother and brother.