'SpongeBob SquarePants' creator, Stephen Hillenburg passes away at 57

'SpongeBob SquarePants' creator, Stephen Hillenburg passes away at 57

- The originator of one of the most popular cartoon shows 'SpongeBob SquarePants, Stephen Hillenburg died at the age of 57

- Nickelodeon confirmed it on their social media account

- Stephen was known to have neurodegenerative disease ALS that he said last year

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The American cartoonist who originated the famous 'SpongeBob SquarePants', Stephen Hillenburg, died at the age of 57.

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The sad news was announced by Nickelodeon on their social media account.

"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."

According to ABS-CBN news, Stephen died on Monday due to neurodegenerative disease ALS or also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Furthermore, the fans of the hit cartoon show are deeply saddened about the unfortunate news.

Here are some of their reactions:

"thank you for making an animation that makes me always want to wake up that morning"
"To Stephen Hillenburg. Thank you so much for my childhood cartoon when I grew up some funny jokes of Patrick and also my older brother enjoy watching the show. May rest in peace."
"Even when I was at my lowest, and while I had nowhere to go except my boring desk job, his gift to all of us kept me going."
"Thank you for making my childhood and adulthood amazing! RIP "

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Stephen Hillenburg was a marine biologist and also pursued being an animator.

He was born on August 21, 1961, in Lawton, Oklahoma.

He also worked on other films such as 'The Green Beret' and 'Wormholes' both in 1992.

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