Steven Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob Squarepants, has died of ALS, Variety reports. He was 57 years old.

A spokesperson for Nickelodeon said everyone at the network is "incredibly saddened" and called Hillenburg "a beloved friend and long-time creative partner to everyone at Nickelodeon."

Hillenburg's creation was a hit all over the world, and his characters became go-to figures for memes. There was perhaps nowhere where this was truer than Black Twitter, and to honor his work, we'd like to share a few of our favorite SpongeBob Twitter memes. 

In case you need a quick primer on SpongeBob's digital life, take a look at this:

And because the internet is so quick, that doesn't even count one of the latest and greatest memes (so far!): Krusty Krab versus Chum Bucket. Now that you've been schooled on the history let's dive in.