Beck has paid tribute to SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg, thanking the late animator for doing artwork for some of his early releases.
Hillenburg died on Monday, November 27 from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). He was 57 years old.
“Very sad to hear the news of the passing of Stephen Hillenburg,” Beck wrote in the post, “who years and years ago used to be my neighbour and kindly did the artwork for the first music that I ever released. The photo from the Record was shot behind his apartment.”
“Better known as the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, I always remembered him as a genuinely sweet guy. I was lucky to get to run into him by chance at the airport a few months ago. Sending my condolences to his family and to all the friends who are missing him today and thinking about old times.”
Hillenburg began working on SpongeBob after directing and writing another Nickelodeon series, Rocko’s Modern Life. Hillenburg is survived by Karen, his wife, his son Clay, mother Nancy, and brother Brian.
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