Sad Day in Bikini Bottom: Celebs and Fans Pay Tribute to ‘SpongeBob Squarepants’ Creator Stephen Hillenburg Who Died at 57

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Creator of Nickelodeon’s legendary cartoon series ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’, Stephen Hillenburg, died Monday at the age of 57. 

Many celebrities and fans pay tribute to Hillenburg on social media.

RIP, Legend!

Creator of Nickelodeon’s hit cartoon series ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’, Stephen Hillenburg, died Monday at the age of 57.

The official cause of is ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a diagnosis he revealed in March 2017.

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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,” Nickelodeon released in a statement.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years Karen Hillenburg, son Clay, mother Nancy Hillenburg (nee Dufour) and brother Brian Kelly Hillenburg, his wife Isabel, and nieces Emma and Hazel.

The animation fandom and many famous people are coming together to mourn the loss of a true legend. Here’s how people honor Stephen Hillenburg on Twitter and Instagram by sharing their most beloved moments, jokes and memes from the series:


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Sad Day in Bikini Bottom: Celebs and Fans Pay Tribute to ‘SpongeBob Squarepants’ Creator Stephen Hillenburg Who Died at 57
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Sad Day in Bikini Bottom: Celebs and Fans Pay Tribute to ‘SpongeBob Squarepants’ Creator Stephen Hillenburg Who Died at 57
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Creator of Nickelodeon's legendary cartoon series 'SpongeBob SquarePants', Stephen Hillenburg, died Monday at the age of 57. Many celebrities and fans pay tribute to Hillenburg on social media.
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