Sandra Jennifer “Sandy” Cheeks is a fictitious character from Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants series. She is an anthropomorphic squirrel who lives underwater and wears diving gear. Sandy was created by Carolyn Lawrence and first featured in the May 1, 1999 episode “Tea at the Treedome.” The show’s creator, marine researcher, and animator Stephen Hillenburg conceived and designed Sandy.
Fans have reacted positively to the character. Sandy has appeared in numerous SpongeBob SquarePants books, toys, and other products. She appears in all three SpongeBob movies, with a brief cameo in the first film and larger roles in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water and its three sequels.
Death and Its Reactions
Sandy was found unconscious in her Arlington, TX mansion on July 15th, 2017, less than three weeks into the Vans Warped Tour and days after the band’s performance at the XFINITY Center.
The band manager called 911 at 11:22 a.m. PST, expressing his concern over her not showing up for rehearsals, and paramedics arrived three minutes later. Cheeks had stopped breathing and was rushed to Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, where she was deeply sedated and placed on life support. Sandy was pronounced dead at 2:26 p.m. in the intensive-care unit, some two hours later.
The news of her death spread swiftly online, forcing websites to slow down and break due to user overload, putting unprecedented strain on Google, Discord, Twitter, Instagram, and Wikipedia. The overall increase in web traffic was between 41% and 60%.
SquarePants was discovered unconscious in the backstage area of Estadio Atanasio Girardot in Medellin, Colombia, by his bandmate Yolandi three years later, barely ten hours before a Columbia show during the Buddy Dave Worldwide Tour. When he arrived at the local medical facility, he was pronounced dead, the cause of death being suicide.
The autopsy revealed cocaine toxicity, excessive alcohol in her bloodstream, and a large amount of heroin in her system. Sandy had taken an overdose and died. There have been fifteen instances of suicide by copycats.
Sponge Bob Square Pants Character
SpongeBob SquarePants has a close friend named Sandy. She is a proud Texan with a stereotypically Southern drawl. Sandy lives in a bubble-like dome and wears atmospheric diving gear outside her dwelling in order to live underwater. Her typical clothing within the freedom is a green and purple bikini. Other characters, on the other hand, must wear “water helmets” with opposite functions when visiting her residence, as revealed in Tea at the Treedome.
Sandy exhibits exceptional scientific abilities, including the ability to create complex inventions. Sandy is shown to have a variety of tough, tomboyish personality traits and interests, including karate, bodybuilding, and being a rodeo champion. Patrick Star, SpongeBob’s best buddy and neighbor, is also a close friend of hers, but she is occasionally annoyed by him.
Sandy Cheeks Commits Suicide
First and foremost, it should be mentioned that this alleged death of Sandy Cheeks is only significant and accurate inside the fanon – canon made by fans but not true to the main series – creation, The Infection.
The death of Sandy Cheeks is detailed in a post on Spongefan Fandom. According to the post, she was discovered dead at her home in Johannesburg on July 16, 2017, and the police department issued the following statement:
“Sandra Cheeks was discovered unconscious with many slashes on her arms and shoulders, as well as several bits of cocaine.”
The material has recently been amended in a new post regarding the character’s death, with certain specifics changed and the fanon expanded to include SpongeBob’s death.
The story was plainly stated in the comments area of the post that it was “100% phony” and was solely intended to appear authentic to fit within The Infection scenario.
Fans of Spongebob React to Sandy’s Death
Three or four years ago, the first rumors about the fanon surfaced, with a few specifics appearing here and there. The news caught this fan off guard.
Playing into the fanon, this fan stated they had never recovered from Sandy Cheeks’ death. This individual also wished to clarify where the information came from, claiming that Sandy’s death was a work of fan fiction.