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TRUE — SpongeBob SquarePants Creator Stephen Hillenburg Has Died

by Brett M. Christensen

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Unfortunately,  it is true that Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of much-loved animated series SpongeBob SquarePants has died.

Messages about Mr Hillenburg’s passing began circulating via social media after reports of his death were aired on mainstream news channels in late November 2018.

Because celebrity death hoaxes are so common on social media, some people suspected that the news might be just another hoax.  But, sadly, the messages are true.

A November 28th ABC news report notes:

The creator of SpongeBob SquarePants and the absurd undersea world he inhabited, Stephen Hillenburg, has died at the age of 57, Nickelodeon has announced.

Hillenburg died on Monday of Lou Gehrig’s disease, a motor neurone disease also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the cable network said in a statement.


Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,