Last year, the huge SpongeBob fanbase were saddened by the news of the creator’s death. Stephen Hillenburg, who began his career as a marine biologist and later became an animator, has passed away at the age of 57 on November 26, 2018. The famous cartoonist’s cause of death was motor neuron disease (also known as ALS), a condition he has been diagnosed with in March last year. To commemorate his talent many internet users began sharing their favorite memes. Many artists joined in with their drawings as a tribute to the cartoonist.