The Internet Pays Tribute To SpongeBob SquarePants Creator After His Tragic Death - Narcity

The Internet Pays Tribute To SpongeBob SquarePants Creator After His Tragic Death

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Yesterday, Nickolodean announced the death of Stephen Hillenburg. Best known to the world as the creator of the television show SpongeBob SquarePants, Hillenburg also served as the director and creative force behind Rocko's Modern Life.

In 2017 Hillenburg revealed to Variety magazine that he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, now commonly known as ALSโ€”a terminal disease that attacks the nervous system.

Since the announcement, the internet has been full of fans, colleagues, and friends of Stephen's paying tribute to him with moving messages, memes, and sharing their favorite memories.

David Hasselhoff, who starred as himself in 2004's The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, said this about the show's creator:

Debuting in 1999, SpongeBob SquarePants and its memorable characters were an indelible part of many millennials' childhoods. Since then, the show has reached even more fans as a staple inspiration of meme culture that can be seen daily on platforms like Instagram, Twitter, and Reddit.

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Many fans have taken to the internet to praise the writing on the show. Although often labeled a "children's show," the show's appeal transcended merely appealing to children. Indeed, the show's humor often dealt with adult-oriented material.

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The show's most iconic line ...

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