ALS claimed another fighter. Stephen Hillenburg lost his battle with the savage disease after he was diagnosed last March with ALS. This cruel disease has taken many of the world’s most enjoyed people, and attempts to continue doing that daily. This one hits a bit close to everyone given who the victim was.
Hillenburg was a creative genius who touched the lives of a generation. The man behind Spongebob taught kids the value of imagination, friendship, adventure, and pure optimism. Hillenburg embodied all qualities he shared with Spongebob fans, and for that, we owe him a huge thank you.
Hillenburg was a teacher at Orange County Marine Institute, and was always passionate about marine life. In order to better help his students, he created animated characters to teach his lessons in a more fun way. Those characters would later be the population of Bikini Bottom. He chased his dreams down and after some schooling, worked on Nickelodeon’s “Rocko’s Modern Life” before launching his own show, “Spongebob”; On May 1, 1999, da generation was exposed to one of the most influential animated shows ever.
Steve is survived by his wife of 20 years Karen, son Clay, his mother, and brother. This unfortunate loss brings Hillenburg to the edge of the stage, and it’s time for the world to truly give him a round of applause for all the happiness he’s brought to us all.