One of Nickelodeon’s longest-running animated series has lost the creator. Stephen Hillenburg, who created Spongebob Squarepants, died yesterday at the age 57 from ALS. The official Nickelodeon Twitter posted this:
💛 We are sad to share the news of the passing of Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants. Today, we are observing a moment of silence to honor his life and work. 💛
— Nickelodeon (@Nickelodeon) November 27, 2018
Hillenberg ended up creating, writing, producing, and directing the series. There is a video that Nickelodeon Animation released, and in it, Hillenberg mentioned that he was a fan of marine biology, and ended up going to art school, studied animation, and combined that with his love of Marine Biology to create Spongebob.