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Spongebob Creator Stephen Hillenburg Has Passed Away At 57

The world is grieving after Nickelodeon confirmed today that Spongebob Squarepants creator Stephen Hillenburg has passed away at the age of 57. Hillenburg had been quietly battling ALS and is survived by his wife and son. The Rocko's Modern Life dreamed up Spongebob 20 years ago, and was shocked by the program's wild and global success. Spongebob Squarepants has been dubbed in over 60 languages, and its status as a cult show is very evident in the loud grief fans are showing on the internet. It's truly a sad day for everyone, from Spongebob fans to meme creators. Our hearts go out to Hillenburg's friends and family today.

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    tweet by official Nickelodeon twitter confirming Spongebob creator passed away
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    Text - (A ) Merry Doggomas~ @ChelleDoggo let's not forget, Stephen Hillenburg got his start on Rocko's Modern life as a director, producer, writer, and storyboarder so we have him to thank for the production of this staple of 90s Nickelodeon as well
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    Text - H It m an 2 Gus | @guscraw An entire generation of people will bond over 3 seasons of a cartoon for the rest of our lives because it was truly that good and Stephen Hillenburg was that influential. 11/27/18, 12:44 PM
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    Text - Excelsior!he Tonight Show With Joseph Sola.... @DoctorRagnarok Stephen Hillenburg has given me so much since 1999. He and his team inspired my sense of humor and helped me remember to be optimistic in dark times. Without him the greatest cartoon of the modern era wOuldn't exist. I will remember that forever. Good bye Stephen, we'll miss you.
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    drawing of Spongebob holding a net and looking up at jellyfish swimming away to the sky
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    Text - Gabriel Gundacker @gabegundacker The quality of the first three seasons of Spongebob are to blame for it's decades-long cultural relevance. Stephen Hillenburg created a broad, optimistic universe without sacrificing any of his absurd sensibility, giving us art that could be loved and understood commonly. Tragic. 11/27/18, 2:16 PM
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