Stephen Hillenburg’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

Aug 21, 1961

Death Date

November 26, 2018

Age of Death

57 years

Cause of Death

Lou Gehrig's Disease



The director Stephen Hillenburg died at the age of 57 . Below is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Marine biologist, writer, and director best known for creating the highly popular Nickelodeon animated series SpongeBob SquarePants.

He married Karen Hillenburg and they had a son named Clay together.



“The main thing about SpongeBob is that he celebrates innocence. His outlook on life is very optimistic and earnest, and I think kids relate to that. He has a creative spark in the same way children are very creative from an open and naive perspective.” (Stephen Hillenburg)


“I pitched the idea that SpongeBob and Patrick learn a swearword. Everyone said no. I couldn’t even use a bleep. So I used a dolphin sound instead.” (Stephen Hillenburg)


“On TV, it is more efficient to use voice-over people because it is really hard to get celebrity voices to recur in a series.” (Stephen Hillenburg)


“Generally, we try not to write down to kids. We really just try to write a visual, character-driven cartoon that has a lot of slapstick and really appeals to us. I guess we are just lucky that other adults find that amusing, too.” (Stephen Hillenburg)


“For me personally, snorkeling in a cove in Hawaii, floating along, and looking at all the animals and the colors – I mean, that’s pretty peaceful.” (Stephen Hillenburg)