Stephen Hillenburg has passed away from ALS;
ALS is the disease which sparked the internet viral campaign: "The Ice Bucket Challenge"
He had been diagnosed with the disease last year in March.
Hillenburg was nominated nine times for an emmy for SpongeBob but never won the coveted award.
Born on Aug. 21, 1961, in Lawton, Oklahoma, Hillenburg was only 57 years old when he passed.
He graduated from the California Institute of Arts in Valencia in 1992 with a degree in experimental animation.
In 1993, he wrote and directed for Nickelodeon on Rocko's Modern Life and Rugrats.
After six years he then spawned SpongeBob SquarePants, which premiered in May 1999. The series was an almost instant hit and passed into the cultural mainstream (and informed millions of childhood.
Spongebob Squarepants has won multiple awards, including honors from the British Emmy Awards, Annie Awards and ASACP Awards —and has a body of almost 250 episodes, and one movie.
Stephen Hillenburg will be missed.
May he rest in Peace.