Creator of SpongeBob Squarepants has died

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On November 26 2018, Stephen Hillenburg, who was well known for the creation of the popular kids cartoon, SpongeBob SquarePants, on Nickelodeon, has sadly passed away due to ALS, a disease which affects the nervous system and weakens your muscles, which he was diagnosed with in March.  Hillenburg was just 57 years old, and the team at Nickelodeon have released a statement saying that they are “Incredibly saddened by the news that Steve Hillenburg has passed away following a battle with ALS. He was a beloved friend and long-time creative partner to everyone at Nickelodeon, and our hearts go out to his entire family”.

He was born in 1961 in Oklahoma, and graduated from Humboldt State University and he later became a marine biology teacher in California. He however decided to change career paths and went on to attend the California Institute of Arts, where he graduated with an animation degree. He soon landed a place as the writer and director of the hit, “Rocky’s Modern Life” on Nickelodeon, and then continued to work for the company and debuted his idea of SpongeBob SquarePants in 1999, which won several awards and even released 2 movies.

In honor of Hillenburg’s death, here is a ranking of the top 5 episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants:

  1. Chocolate With Nuts S3E12
  2. The Camping Episode S3E34
  3. Band Geeks S2E15
  4. Pizza Delivery S1E5
  5. Sailor Mouth S2E18