The creator of the iconic kids' show Spongebob Squarepants Stephen Hillenburg took his last breath yesterday (November 27, 2018). Stephen died at the age of 57 after battle the terminal illness ALS or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. In 2017, he had announced that he was suffering from the disease.
Nickelodeon's all-time hit Soingebob was first sired in 1999, and continues to entertain the fans for nearly two decades now.
Nickelodeon official confirmed his death with a Tweet that read, "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 channel issued another statement saying, "He was a beloved friend and long-time creative partner to everyone at Nickelodeon, and our hearts go out to his entire family. 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."
Spongebob movie actor Slater too mourned the creator's death. He issued a statement via mail stating, "I am heartbroken to hear of the passing of Stephen Hillenburg. Through working on 'SpongeBob,' I got to know him not only as a creative genius, but as a truly generous and kind person. He warmly embraced us on Broadway as the newest members of his wonderful 'SpongeBob' family, and made it so clear from the get-go why he is so beloved: genuine kindness."