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#1 Cha♡

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 11:56 AM

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Man.. the guy was literally so inspiring. Although I never met him personally except for the voice actors, he was the coolest guy a kid could look up to. Growing up this was my absolute favorite cartoon and still holds an importance of how I grew up and even met online people who I call best friends now. This is so heartbreaking and happened so fast. RIP to one of Nick’s top legends. You will be heavily missed Mr. Hillenburg.

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#2 Illiniguy34

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 11:58 AM

I'm trying not to cry :(.



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Posted 27 November 2018 - 12:05 PM

This is pretty damn surreal. You spend your entire life a big fan of this cartoon, and the guy who created it, one of your biggest inspirations, is dead now. I wonder what's going to happen to the series?



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Posted 27 November 2018 - 12:06 PM

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Gosh I'm at such a loss for words.... He was a huge inspiration and I'm not lying when I say his work pretty much changed my life for the better

R.I.P.



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Posted 27 November 2018 - 12:10 PM

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I'm immensely upset and sad right now. I knew he'd be on his last legs since it was announced that he was diagnosed with ALS, but I never knew it would happen this soon. Rest in peace, Stephen Hillenburg. You will be greatly missed.



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Posted 27 November 2018 - 12:13 PM

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I think I'm legitimately in shock right now. Like... it doesn't seem real. I knew the ALS diagnosis was bad but I didn't think it'd be this fast

 

RIP Stephen. I'd have more to say, but I think I need some time for it to sink in first...



#7 IWon'tTrollAnymore

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 12:20 PM

R.I.P Stephen. Don't care as much about the show anymore, but this is genuinely heartbreaking, especially as someone who's inspired numerous animators and seemed like a great guy.

 

Also interesting how little to nobody has come on SBM since about july but now tons of ppl are online 



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Posted 27 November 2018 - 12:31 PM

RIP to the guy who made the greatest cartoon on Nickelodeon.  :cry:  :cry:



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Posted 27 November 2018 - 12:35 PM

Legendary.

 

Rest in peace, sir.



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Posted 27 November 2018 - 12:39 PM

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I know there were a lot of things he wouldn't let Nickelodeon or the other writers do (like no Pearl origin story or direct interactions with products), and I hope they continue to honor that now that he's gone. 



#11 Amanda

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 12:45 PM

Wow I can’t believe this! SpongeBob SquarePants has been around my whole life. Rest In Peace Steven Hillenburg.

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 12:46 PM

RIP, you legend...

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 12:49 PM

Dang. I can't believe it. R.I.P.

If it wasn't for him, this forum wouldn't exist.

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 12:53 PM

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 01:03 PM

This is pretty damn surreal. You spend your entire life a big fan of this cartoon, and the guy who created it, one of your biggest inspirations, is dead now. I wonder what's going to happen to the series?

Given how Nick kept it going after he initially left in 2004, I certainly do not see them cancelling it.

But yeah this is really sad news, Stephen was one of the first people I ever looked up to as a kid.  I knew the ALS diagnosis wasn't great, but I still figured he could hang for at least a few more years(Jason Becker got ALS and he's still around)



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Posted 27 November 2018 - 01:06 PM

Wow.... : (

His art brought so much joy to so many people. I am so thankful that he gave us the world of Spongebob.

Even though he's passed on, a part of him will always live on through our love of Spongebob. His creative vision made a huge mark on our culture, and will continue to inspire others.

 

Rest in Peace, Stephen...


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Posted 27 November 2018 - 01:07 PM

Well damn.

 

Rest in peace, man... Thank you for bringing us this wonderful show.



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Posted 27 November 2018 - 01:10 PM

Wow, an IRL friend of mine shared this on Facebook and I just couldn’t believe the news. SpongeBob was my favorite cartoon growing up (as evidenced by my username) and it’s led to me discovering this great site with amazing people on it (even if I haven’t been active lately), so it’s heartbreaking that Stephen, the show’s creator, has passed away. May he Rest In Peace and condolences towards his family and fans everywhere.

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 01:11 PM

This man was instrumental in defining my childhood, whether I realized it back then or not.

 

My heart cries for somebody who only brought joy to our lives. And of course his family must be taking his death harder than any of us.

 

Nevertheless, thank you, Stephen. Thank you for the memories.



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Posted 27 November 2018 - 01:13 PM

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I think most of us here have never lived in a world without SpongeBob. It’s surreal to think the man who started it all is no longer with us. Stephen Hillenburg is my biggest influence and biggest inspiration. He created my favorite show of all time, and I’m sure most of you can agree. However, SpongeBob is not just a show to me. It means a lot more. He is apart of the family, he is an international icon. He has shaped my sense of humor and personality. He has reached multiple generations with his everlasting appeal. When life was great, SpongeBob was there. When the life wasn’t easy, SpongeBob was there. But most of all, he is a Goofy Goober. All of these attributes would never be here if it weren’t for the genius that is Stephen Hillenburg. So, thank you Stephen Hillenburg. Thank you for the memories. Thank you for the laughs. Thank you for SpongeBob SquarePants.

“As long as there are stars in the sky, SpongeBob will live on in our hearts, and in our minds”

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 01:14 PM

2018 has gone too far!

In all dire seriousness, Stephen Hillenburg was absolutely brilliant. I’ll have more to say as this shock wears off, but for now, I’M A GOOFY GOOBER, YEAH!

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 01:23 PM

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This is heartbreaking news. The man behind the show that inspired me to draw cartoons of my own. His vision was so unique and different, and it has become one of the most well known and universally loved properties in the history of animation. And it continues to be quoted and talked about, and will still be loved and remembered long after it ends. Rest in peace Stephen, you really were one of a kind.



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Posted 27 November 2018 - 01:57 PM

I just wanted to sign in and and express my condolences after hearing the news. SpongeBob was my favourite cartoon growing up. I watched it nearly every day, I waited and waited for the movie to come out, I listened to the soundtrack CD on repeat, and I had such great times meeting and talking to people in the online SpongeBob community, especially on here. To this day I still think the first three seasons are some of the funniest TV ever made. Thank you Stephen Hillenburg for dreaming up SpongeBob and making it what it was. Rest in peace.



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Posted 27 November 2018 - 01:58 PM

We lost a legend today. Rest in peace steve 



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Posted 27 November 2018 - 02:01 PM

R.I.P. Stephen Hillenburg :patsad:





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