The creator of the legendary cartoon character, SpongeBob SquarePants unfortunately left us after a long and difficult fight with ALS.
Fifty-seven year old Stephen Hillenburg created the show after working as a marine biologist. He also made significant contributions to the show, Rocko’s Modern Life.
SpongeBob has been popular, and going strong ever since it first came out back in 1999, and helped Hillenburg earn two well deserved Emmys. He also directed the SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, which was released in 2004.
Hillenburg first publicized his sickness in 2017. ALS is a disease that occurs in the nervous system which causes the brain and spinal cord to deteriorate. It causes severe discomfort, muscle weakness, and loss of motor control. Therapy can help slow down the symptoms, however there is still no known cure today for ALS.
Hillenburg is survived by his wife, son, mother, and brother. He will always be remembered for his unique sense of humor, and the joy he brought to so many children and families across the globe.