By Austin Durkin
Stephen McDannell Hillenburg died on November 26, 2018. He was an animator, marine biology teacher, cartoonist, director, producer, and writer. He was a father and husband. He was the director of Rocko’s Modern Life and the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants. Both of these iconic TV shows would never be the same without his influence and creation. SpongeBob Squarepants, as a show and character, has entertained kids since 1999. The show has inspired kids to be artists. It’s made people happy for almost 20 years now. Stephen Hillenburg may not always be recognized as the creator of SpongeBob, but he is a hero in disguise.
Stephen died of Lou Gehrig’s Disease on 11/26/18 due to complications with the neurodegenerative disease known as ALS. He was diagnosed with ALS in March of 2017. He was only 57, with plenty of life and creativity to give. He won an Emmy Award in 2010 and was also nominated 9 times for Emmy Awards over the years. He also won a Walk and Talk award from Heal the Bay that sparked SpongeBob completely. This man will forever be a legend in the eyes of millions.
R.I.P Stephen Hillenburg