Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of Spongebob Squarepants, has passed earlier this week. Nickelodeon confirmed the news on Twitter Tuesday.
💛 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
Hillenburg, who was 57, was battling ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a neurodegenerative disorder. He is survived by his wife Karen Hillenburg and their son, Clay.