Cartoon fanatics around the world are mourning the loss of animation royalty, Stephen Hillenburg, who died of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) on Monday, Nov. 25.
Hillenburg was the creator of Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob Squarepants, which will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2019.
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The news broke on Wednesday when Nickelodeon posted a tweet announcing his death.
💛 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
While many of his admirers must be at a loss for words, others are taking to social media to pay tribute to the man who created such an unforgettable character. And some of the tributes are tearjerkers.
Rest In Pineapple, friend. https://t.co/fyAOy51l8L
— God (@TheTweetOfGod) November 27, 2018
Spongebob’s weird humor probably did more to influence this generation’s love of absurdity more than any other show and it’s that weirdness that keeps us going through these dark times. Rest in peace, Stephen Hillenburg. pic.twitter.com/VXgYFaYbGT
— Sam Sykes (@SamSykesSwears) November 27, 2018
— 🇨🇴✨Agatre 💫 (@_gatre) November 27, 2018
This man meant so much to me wow. RIP Stephen Hillenburg. pic.twitter.com/5CaPNQxZP1
— Karsten Runquist (@RunquistKarsten) November 27, 2018
So sad to hear about the passing of an absolute genius who is the great Stephen Hillenburg. I grew up with Spongebob Squarepants and I feel truly raw and shocked. I hope his family are OK and can take great comfort in his positive impact on the world with his creations. X pic.twitter.com/Vyx1XYox1F
— Ross Hobson (@Ross_Hobson) November 27, 2018
Some of the most poignant posts include screen grabs and GIFs from the colorful show responsible for so many of your favorite memes.
thank you, Stephen Hillenburg pic.twitter.com/QBiosaNxut
— SpongeBob Sports (@SpongeBobSports) November 27, 2018
Thank you for creating my childhood, Stephen Hillenburg.
Rest. In. Peace pic.twitter.com/tGD4vGzJVj
— DitzyFlama (@DitzyFlama) November 27, 2018
The toons of my teens and the memes of my twenties. Thanks for the giggles Spongebob. RIP Stephen Hillenburg pic.twitter.com/5xyj4PHDBz
— Stephanie Walton (@stephaniewalt0n) November 27, 2018
Rest In Peace Stephen Hillenburg! Nobody will ever create a cartoon as legendary as Spongebob Squarepants. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/zwSICYued5
— Sean⚡️ (@seanwells25) November 27, 2018
Other moving tributes include biographical information and fun facts about Hillenburg.
“I wanted people to hear directly from me that I have been diagnosed with ALS.”
“Anyone who knows me knows that I will continue to work on ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ and my other passions for as long as I am able.”
Rest in Peace, Stephen Hillenburg. pic.twitter.com/uFzbi9gLBH
— logan™ (@lalalogay) November 27, 2018
— Dave Scheidt (@DaveScheidt) November 27, 2018
let’s not forget, Stephen Hillenburg got his start on Rocko’s Modern life as a director, producer, writer, and storyboarder
so we have him to thank for the production of this staple of 90s Nickelodeon as well ❤ pic.twitter.com/kmgbRucdyO
— (^ • ᴥ • ^) Merry Doggomas~ (@ChelleDoggo) November 27, 2018
Stephen Hillenburg quit his career as a marine biologist to pursue his dream. He was 38 when Spongebob finally hit the airwaves. It’s never too late to create a masterpiece. R.I.P. Stephen Hillenburg. pic.twitter.com/0TR5LsoNPD
— Jason Cryer (@JASON_CRYER) November 27, 2018
Of course, tons are quoting his creation to honor him.
SpongeBob: Isn’t he beautiful?
Patrick: How high’s he going to go?
SpongeBob: All the way, Patrick, up to the great beyond. Goodbye, friend.
Patrick: Happy trails!
SpongeBob: He’s on the other side now.
Patrick: Yeah. He’s in a better place.
Thank you Stephen Hillenburg pic.twitter.com/x86uMuQI9z
— Comrade Tentacles☭ (@ComradTentacles) November 27, 2018
I’m a goofy Goober
You’re a goofy Goober
We’re all goofy Goober
Thank you for all the laughs and all the feels Stephen Hillenburg.
This is immensely sad. pic.twitter.com/6VWZ2R8xSF
— Balak 💢 (@YvesBalak) November 27, 2018
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