With the invention of the TV-character SpongeBob Squarepants, Stephen Hillenburg became known. Now came the comic artist at the age of 57 years.
This is confirmed by Nickelodeon's TV station on Twitter: "We're sorry to share the news of the death of Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob Squarepants. Today, it's a minute of silence to honor his life and work."
Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants. Today, we see a moment of silence to honor his life and work. ?
Nickelodeon (@ Nickelodeon) November 27, 2018
Fans sing on Twitter
Last year, Hillenburg diagnosed ALS as a nervous disease. Still, he continued working with the SpongeBob series. He leaves a wife and a 10 year old boy.
The series's fans mourn in social networks. A user writes: "Thank you for creating this wonderful show. We wish the family a lot of strength."
Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob Squarepants, has passed away. Thank you for creating this wonderful show. We send love to his family. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/GMGuSstHvK
– Channel Frederator (@channelfred) November 27, 2018
Another user thanks: "Rest in peace Stephen Hillenburg, thank you for my childhood."
RIP Stephen Hillenburg, thank you for my childhood pic.twitter.com/Bso1oV1OP7
– Spongebob Shots (@ Spongebobshots) November 27, 2018