If you are a 90’s kid then you all must have watched some of these classic cartoon hits such as Tom & Jerry, Baby Looney Toons, Popeye and Bob The Builder to name a few. Among all these cartoons there was one naming ‘SpongeBob Squarepants’. The animated series was aired on Nickelodeon television network’s channels.
SpongeBob is Nickelodeon’s all-time biggest hit, and has aired for nearly two decades since its premiere on May 1, 1999, bringing characters SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, Mr. Krabs, Sandy Cheeks, Plankton, Pearl Krabs, Mrs. Puff and Larry the Lobster to life.
Now, there’s a bad news for all the Spongebob fans as the one who created this masterpiece, is no more. SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg has died at the age of 57, Nickelodeon that broadcast the hugely popular cartoon series since 1999, has confirmed. In a statement, the company said Hillenburg’s death on Monday was due to motor neuron disease (also known as ALS) -- a condition he revealed he had been diagnosed within March 2017, the BBC reported.
He not only created the character, but Hillenburg also directed The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie in 2004. “We are sad to share the news of the passing of Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants,” Nickelodeon tweeted from its official account.
The company’s statement added: “Steve imbued SpongeBob SquarePants with a unique sense of humor and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere. His utterly original characters and the world of Bikini Bottom will long stand as a reminder of the value of optimism, friendship and the limitless power of imagination.”
Hollywood actor David Hasselhoff, who starred as himself in The SpongeBob Movie, remembered his time on set. “Wow what a unique and fantastic character Steve created! It was my pleasure and honor to be in SpongeBob The Movie and to share some great laughs with this gentleman,” the Baywatch alum tweeted. “To this day I am stopped and flattered by people and kids who have seen me in the film.”
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