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Stephen Hillenburg Obituary

Stephen Hillenburg (Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images for Paramount)
Stephen Hillenburg (Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images for Paramount)
Stephen Hillenburg was the creator of the popular animated series, “SpongeBob SquarePants.” He died from ALS on Monday, November 26, 2018, at the age of 57. He was a former marine biologist who changed careers to become an animator. He based the show on his love of the ocean.

Colorful characters on the series include his best friend Patrick, his boss Mr. Krabs, and his pet snail Gary.

According to the first season DVD, Hillenburg pitched the show to Nickelodeon wearing a Hawaiian shirt, played Hawaiian music, and had an underwater terrarium with models of the characters.

“SpongeBob SquarePants” was Nickelodeon’s first original Saturday morning cartoon. The series is still on the air today and has spawned two movies.

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Published in the Miami Herald on November 28, 2018
HILLENBURG, STEPHEN Creator of the Nickelodeon cartoon series "SpongeBob SquarePants," has passed away on Monday, November 26, 2018. Thank you for all the laughs growing up, the... Read Obituary
Published in The New York Times on November 29, 2018
HILLENBURG--Stephen. The Princess Grace Foundation-USA mourns the loss of Stephen Hillenburg, who touched the lives of so many as the creator of "SpongeBob SquarePants." Stephen received a... Read Obituary
Published online on November 26, 2018 courtesy of Tributes.com
Stephen Hillenburg was the creator of the popular animated series, "SpongeBob SquarePants." He died from ALS at the age of 57. Read full obituary from Legacy.com. Read Obituary

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