It's a sad day for Bikini Bottom.
Nickelodeon has confirmed that SpongeBob SquarePants creator, Stephen Hillenburg has died, aged 57.
The former marine biology teacher, who had been battling Motor Neuron’s disease, brought delight and joy to generations with SpongeBob and all his pals in Bikini Bottom.
💛 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) 27 November 2018
Nickelodeon also posted a touching tribute to Stephen Hillenburg on their YouTube channel.