The creator of the iconic SpongeBob SquarePants died at age 57 after he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease
Nickelodeon reported yesterday, November 27, that the creator of SpongeBob Stephem Hillenburg had passed away. The network, which has broadcast the cartoon since its inception in 1999, made the news public and regretted the fact.
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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.— Nickelodeon (@Nickelodeon) 27 de noviembre de 2018
Immediately, thousands of fans of the series posted their tributes on social media to thank Hillenburg for all the laughter and fun that SpongeBob and his friends have produced.
Celebrities such as David Hasselhoff have also paid tribute to the person in charge of making so many children and adults laugh. The actor, who appeared in the film of the 2004 cartoon, posted that Stephen had created a magnificent character.
Wow what a unique and fantastic character Steve created! It was my pleasure and honor to be in SpongeBob The Movie and to share some great laughs with this gentleman, Shocking Loss! To this day I am stopped and flattered by people and kids who have seen me in the film.#SpongeBob pic.twitter.com/gNF1CkJk69— David Hasselhoff (@DavidHasselhoff) 27 de noviembre de 2018
For his part, the creator of the Magic Godfathers, Butch Hartman, called Hillenburg an immensely talented creator who will be deeply missed.
No words. Steve Hillenburg was a friend and immensely talented creator. We grew up together at Nickelodeon. Prayers for his family and legions of fans. You will be sorely missed, Steve. pic.twitter.com/iwaAggGb31— Butch Hartman (@realhartman) 27 de noviembre de 2018
The series is known worldwide and according to CNN it is broadcast in 50 countries and has been translated into 200 languages. SpongeBob has received 4 Emmys and is one of the most beloved cartoons for adults and children.
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