November 26, 2018: Spongebob Squarepants creator Stephen Hillenburg Dies – The grief comes from “Bikini Bottom”. Stephen Hillenburg, creator of the Nickelodeon cartoon series SpongeBob SquarePants, died on Monday, November 26 2018, at the age of 57.

Reported Variety, the cause of death was ALS, which Hillenburg said was diagnosed in March 2017.

“We are deeply saddened by the news that Steve Hillenburg has passed away following a battle with ALS,” Nickelodeon said in a statement on the day of Hillenburg’s death.

“He is a dear friend and long-time creative partner to everyone at Nickelodeon, and our hearts go out to his entire family.”

“Steve inspired SpongeBob SquarePants with a unique sense of humor and innocence that has brought joy to generations of children and families everywhere.”

“The completely original characters and the world of Bikini Bottom serve as a reminder of the value of optimism, friendship and the limitless power of imagination,” added Nick.

Hillenburg, graduated from Humboldt State University in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Planning and Interpretation, with an emphasis on marine resources.

He later became a marine biology teacher at the Orange County Marine Institute (now the Ocean Institute) in Dana Point, California.

This interest, combined with his artistic talent and love for the sea and its creatures, led him to write and illustrate stories as teaching tools with characters who would later become residents of SpongeBob’s house, Bikini Bottom.

He began his animation career in 1987, pursuing a degree in Experimental Animation at the California Institute of Arts in Valencia and earning his Master of Fine Arts in 1992.

That same year he won the award for Best Animated Concept at the Ottawa International Animation Festival for his animated short “Wormholes”, which was later shown at various international animation festivals.

From 1993 to 1996, he pursued work in television as a director and writer on the Nickelodeon series “Rocko’s Modern Life.”

From there, he began working full time writing, producing, and directing the animated series that eventually became SpongeBob SquarePants.

The first episode aired on Nickelodeon on May 1, 1999 and the series began full broadcast on July 17 of that year.

The series has aired nearly 250 episodes to date, which appeals to not only children but older audiences as well.

The series has won US and British Emmy Awards, Annie Awards, and ASACP Awards.

It has been dubbed or subtitled in more than 60 languages, including Urdu, Azerbaijani, Indonesian and Maori.

Hillenburg also wrote, produced, and directed “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie,” which was released in 2004 and earned more than $140 million worldwide.

Hillenburg went on to write stories for and serve as executive producer of the sequel to the film “SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water,” in 2015.

Hillenburg was born August 21, 1961, at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma. And November 26, 2018, this genius creator passed away.

Goodbye Hillenburg, aye aye captain!

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