Stephen McDannell Hillenburg
STepHen HiLlenBuRG, the creator of the Nickelodeon animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants passed away on November 26th becoming the first famous person to ever die of Lou Gehrig’s disease.
He was an animator, cartoonist, and marine biology teacher, but mostly he was someone whose name fans didn’t even know until he died.
Hillenburg’s landlord discovered his jaundiced and extremely dehydrated body, which had been half-eaten by his pet snail, which was eaten by his pet squirrel, which was then put down by animal control.
For years he directed, produced, and wrote SpongeBob SquarePants, the fifth longest-running American animated series with the number one most-annoying everything.
He is survived by Spongebob, who is finding all of this very hard to absorb, and Nickelodeon executives who are confident Stephen’s death won’t have any barring on the show’s future.
Countless Nickelodeon interns mourned his passing by cleaning out his office and filling it with extra Double Dare reboot merch.
His body will now live in a pine coffin under a tree, but his soul has moved on to that great pineapple under the sea in the sky.
Stephen Hillenburg you are dead to me.