On Tuesday, the man who created SpongeBob SquarePants died at the age of 57. The devastating news was confirmed by the network that has broadcast the hugely popular cartoon series since 1999, Nickelodeon.
According to the company, Hillenburg’s cause of death was motor neurone disease (also known as ALS), a condition he revealed he had been diagnosed with in March last year.
Since hearing the shocking news, artists from around the world have been sharing the tributes they have created in honor of the animator.
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1 Stephen Hillenburg Tribute
2 Rest In Peace, Stephen Hillenburg
3 Stephen Hillenburg’s Passing Caught Me By Complete Surprise I Cannot Thank Him Enough For Enlightening My Childhood With Spongebob Squarepants. Rest Easy, Sir
4 Rip Stephen Hillenburg, Spongebob Squarepants' Creator
5 Stephen Hillenburg Was A Real Inspiration For Me. He Took A Goofy Idea And Turned It Into One Of The Greatest Cartoons In Animation History
6 Stephen Hillenburg Tribute
7 We're Saddened To Hear That Stephen Hillenburg, Creator Of
8 Thank You Stephen Hillenburg
9 Au Revoir, Mr. Hillenburg
10 Stephen Hillenburg Tribute