Statement from Nickelodeon:
“We are incredibly saddened by the news that Steve Hillenburg has passed away following a battle with ALS. 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.”
God the show outlived him. His success can't be disputed, but man I wish Nick wasn't a creative blackhole. Butch Hartman pitched so many interesting things over the years that they did not want.
Man, reading that felt like a kick to the fucking chest
this man created a massive chunk of my childhood, reading about him passing away feels so depressing on every level
Thanks for everything. I could start listing all the reasons the show is important to me but it would take too long
where can i donate to ALS research?
Fuck. I was not expecting him to die so soon. Rest in peace, you contributed a lot to my childhood with the show.
Used his love for the sea to create one of the most important animated shows ever, RIP Mr. Hillenburg.
Well FUCK. SpongeBob was my childhood.
57 feels too young for a someone who created something timeless. And he was 37 when he did. It just feels so soon and unexpected.
Rest in peace, my guy.
Well that´s awful
Thanks for making one of the most, if not the most, memorable and quotable show of my childhood.
I imagine him working on the show again for a bit raised his spirits even if slightly, his work will be forever remembered.
rest in peace you absolute legend
For some reason as a kid seeing these end credits always made me feel warm and happy. Rest in piece Stephen, you made my childhood an absolute blast with your amazing creation.
May he rest in peace. At least he died doing what he loved. Entertaining the lives of millions of people.
the world without Stephen Hillenburg
Didn't expect this
What a dark joke for adults. This show has been amazing to go back to as I've gotten older and it hurts know that someone with that kind of mind is gone.
I don't think I can say how much I liked SpongeBob as a kid. This is me, circa 2002:
wow I didn't even know he had ALS. Amazing how quick some disease can take people. And spare others for so long like stephen hawking.
When I was a kid we got rid of cable around 2005~ because my dad lost his job, before it was cut off we recorded a spongbob marathon and until like 2009 I used to watch it a lot.
Man when Spongebob came out I was in that phase of "cartoons are for idiot babies I'm so mature" point in my life so I never really got into it and to this day never bothered to look back at it, but even with that I know how important he and the show is to a lot of people so my heart goes out. 57 is way too young
Looking back, Spongebob probably had at least a subconscious impact on my love for the sea. Thank you for everything.
If you're UK based, donate to the MNDA, as the disease is more commonly known as Motor Neurone Disease (MND) here. My grandpa died of this before I was born and when I hear my dad tell me stories of what it was like caring for him (I imagine some improvements have been made), I get genuine chills. I think the one thing that gets me about MND is that most people don't realise that when you get it, it's a death sentence. It's not like most cancers where you have the potential to go into remission. In most cases, if you get MND, you are going to die because of it.
Few people can say their work had an impact on a whole generation and brightened the childhood of so many people, but Stephen Hillenburg was one of them. This legend brought joy to many around the world, thank you Stephen, have some earned rest.
WHO LIVES IN A WOODEN BOX UNDER THE GROUND?
An odd farewell for an odd man.
I never really watched spongebob, I was really too young to remember it in its prime, but considering how my brother (one of the biggest influences in my life period) used to love it, and whenever I watch clips from the old spongebob I tend to laugh my ass off, I can probably say it has had a profound effect on my sense of humor. Rest in peace, Stephan.
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