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The SpongeBob SquarePants Wiki (now called Encyclopedia SpongeBobia) is sad to announce the passing of Ernest Borgnine, the Oscar-winning actor who voiced the role of Mermaid Man. He died on Sunday, July 8th, 2012, in Los Angeles. The New York Times says, "Ernest Borgnine was a rough-hewn actor who seemed destined for tough-guy characters but won an Academy Award for embodying the gentlest of souls, a lonely Bronx butcher, in the 1955 film "Marty", died on Sunday in Los Angeles of renal failure. He was 95. His death, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, was announced by Harry Flynn, his longtime spokesman." (Read More at nytimes.com)

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Ernest Borgnine on voicing "Mermaid Man" on SpongeBob SquarePants - EMMYTVLEGENDS

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I will never forget you, best actor ever, RIP.

AMK152 01:33, July 9, 2012 (UTC)
Rest in peace, Mr. Borgnine. You will be greatly missed. TransformersGuy48
You may be gone Mr. Borgnine but you will never be forgotten. Your role of Mermaid Man will forever be in everyone's heart and will always be a joy to watch (in past episodes) no matter how many years go by. Sonni Hedgehog 03:40, July 9, 2012 (UTC)
So long, MermaidMan! I'll miss you Ernest Borgnine! Ggianoli 04:29, July 9, 2012 (UTC)
R.I.P Ernest Borgnine. Up, up and away! 89.228.249.216 09:31, July 9, 2012 (UTC)
Goodbye Mr. Borgnine. Even when you gone the Mermaid Man spirit still lives. 139.195.226.193 12:22, July 9, 2012 (UTC)
RIP Mr. Borgnine. We will truly miss Mermaid Man 180.193.99.12 12:36, July 9, 2012 (UTC)
Don't worry Mr. Borgnine, The cave is in good hands. R.I.P. 81.155.121.192 16:41, July 9, 2012 (UTC)
RIP FOREVER MR. BORGINE!!!! I'll always remember your very classic...."EVIL!!!!" line!! GrouchMan 19:27, July 9, 2012 (UTC)
R.I.P. Mermaid Man, he is now Wumbo-ing Super villains in heaven. MLWProductions 19:53, July 9, 2012 (UTC)
No matter who they might replace your voice with, Mr. Borgnine, you will always be the true Mermaidman. May your "EVIL!!!" fall before you in heaven. R.I.P. 76.30.223.42 00:44, July 10, 2012 (UTC)
:( rip Usa man 1978 01:07, July 10, 2012 (UTC)
Goodbye Mr Borgnine!!!! Just so u know we will always love u!!! <3 216.221.192.76 11:27, July 10, 2012 (UTC)
He should've set it to wumbo :( 108.223.9.97 21:10, July 10, 2012 (UTC)
Spongebob will never be the same without our old, clueless superhero. Hope you have a great time fighting EVIL in heaven. - Nailgunn 21:48, July 10, 2012 (UTC)
R.I.P Mermaid Man/Ernest Borgnine. Forever a superhero and a major part of my childhood... 72.193.197.247 21:56, July 10, 2012 (UTC)
may you rest in peace Robotman32 00:19, July 11, 2012 (UTC)
Goodbye, and rest in peace. 67.233.68.44 00:28, July 11, 2012 (UTC)
You where always one of my favourite carachters when I started watching SpongeBob, you'll be greatly missed by everyone who is a fan of SpongeBob. SpongeTron 5000 00:58, July 11, 2012 (UTC)
I can not belive that Mr. Borgnine died! It's so hard to say ....... goodbye! How can mermaid man die? He's old but not that old!!!! R.I.P. Mermaidmaid man! We used to watch that show and now ...... this is what we get?!?!?! Sorry guys Gumball is too mad. Gumball + Darwin 02:25, July 11, 2012 (UTC)
the greatest catchphrase is gone FOREVER, who will replace this hero? User:Rio Grande 06:13, July 11, 2012 (UTC)
RIP Ernest Borgnine, but he will long live in our hearts. Rest in peace! VoronGlass 12:49, July 11, 2012 (UTC)
We shall forever remember you when evil is afoot. Rest in peace. GojiBob Talk Contribs 14:25, July 11, 2012 (UTC)
Squidward is happy and Spongebob is sad! R.I.P. Ernest Borgnine 72.81.232.68 21:06, July 11, 2012 (UTC)
We'll miss you, Mermaid Man...Chrome here! Dimentio8 21:34, July 11, 2012 (UTC)
R.I.P. Ernest Borgine Seacactus 01:30, July 12, 2012 (UTC)
R.I.P Mermaid Man (1999-2012) Invader Rob 23:47, July 12, 2012 (UTC)
R.I.P Mermaid Man. One of the best SpongeBob characters ever and a great super hero 71.195.1.180 01:07, July 13, 2012 (UTC)
Rest in peace Mermaidman! The show will never be the same without you...:(:(:( Calm Penguin 02:03, July 13, 2012 (UTC)
Rest in peace Mermaidman, you will always be remembered on the show and we will never forget how wonderful you were. Whoever they replace you with, we will never forget the original voice of "EVIL!" RIP. :( Brett<3 19:52, July 13, 2012 (UTC)
Rip Ernest Borgnine. Rest in peace. We'll miss you but you will not be forgotten. 76.175.83.64 20:25, July 13, 2012 (UTC)
RIP, Ernest Borgnine, you ol' coop. Up, up, and away to heaven. Esa6426 13:23, July 14, 2012 (UTC)
Goodnight, sweet prince. SpongeBob fans worldwide will miss you. Hopefully you will continue to strike fear into the hearts of EEEVILLL!!!! across Bikini Bottom. Even though you have left us, you will unite with Barnacle Boy forever in our hearts. 68.81.55.67 14:50, July 15, 2012 (UTC)
R.I.P. Ernest Borgnine. You'll forever be known and remembered for portraying SpongeBob's favorite superhero. SpongeBob EditPants 15:25, July 15, 2012 (UTC)
RIP a hero
R.I.P, you did an awesome job for the voice of mermaid man, may you rest well in heaven. NONONONO

06:47, July 21, 2012

R.I.P Ernest. You will be missed.

Hockeyben

16:07 July 21, 2012

Ernest Borgnine dying is EEEVIIIILLL!!!!!! Bensbfan 17:34 July 23, 2012
If it is true, Nickelodeon should make one last episode with them, where Mermaid Man dies and Barnacle Boy goes back to retiring. After this, Spongebob and Patrick becomes really upset about Mermaid Man's death and must keep Barnacle Boy out of retirement so they can show him that there are other stuff out there, like going to the beach, going for a walk at the park, etc. I think they should make one more Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy episode, called "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy: The Final Chapter". That would be great for the dedication for Ernest. We will all miss you Ernest Borgnine. Airmario3

11:58 July 25, 2012

R.I.P Ernest Borgine! I will never forget the time when you made mermaid man say funny stuff like "Doughnuts!! up up and away, EVILL!!! Or Did you set it to wumbo?" You are with your other passed relatives and you are with Jesus Christ and God. May the love by your family, friends and fans be taken with you to heaven. You were a really healty man cuz you lived up to 95, most men in the USA live up to 79 or 80. You voiced the real hero not the sidekick barnicle boy eventhough everyone likes him too. Spongebob may not be the same without you! May you rest in peace in heaven.;( We will all miss you - buttkicker51(i cant reveal my identity) the biggest spongebob expert and fan ever!!
Don't worry about your character,they will just add new human characters,RIP cheese90
R.I.P Ernest Borgnine. I will always remember you voicing Mermaid Man, one of my favorite characters in the show. I will especially miss him saying "Evil!!". You are now in Heaven & we SpongeBob fans will remember you forever. God bless your family and friends (Tim Conway) who will also deeply miss you. Thanks for all of the laughs and love, Ernest! Spongebob321 21:04, July 18, 2012 (UTC)
R.I.P. I'll see you at the stars in the ocean, Ernest Borgnine. We find a successor, to save the world from EEEEEEEVIIIL!!, for you. Elifstar64
R.I.P. Ernest. You voiced one of my favorite characters and made him feel very much alive. Some of my favorite scenes were from Mermaid Man, such as "EVIL!". The show will not be the same without. Bless your family. Ryan
R.I.P. I'll set it to wumbo for you.
A part of my childhood literally died when I heard about his death. I'm trying my best not to cry right now. I hope if they bring back Mermaid Man, EVERY episode featuring him is dedicated to his memory. R.I.P Ernest. I'll buy a belt buckle with an "M" on it and set it to "Wumbo" EVERYDAY Big-Macintosh 19:56, July 16, 2012 (UTC)
Have a good time in heaven, you wumbo-liciuos ex-superhero! User:Candhfan621 21:49, July 16, 2012 (UTC)
Goodbye, Mr. Borgnine. Everyone will miss you very wumbo-ly!
I will never watch an episode of Spongebob without remembering Mermaid Man, one of the best and well-known characters in Spongebob. Spongebob will NEVER be the same.
Ernest Borgnine was a classic comedian and was a wonderful voice actor. He made many laugh as Mermaid Man. Rest in peace, Ernest. You will be missed. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy won't be the same without you.
Who is going to be the new voice of Mermaid Man?
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy stuff was so great with those epic and hilarious action cards "SIT!" for example. Why must it be gone? Anyway, I'll miss MM&BB and importantly, the voice actor. Conker's Bad Fur Day 01:00, July 20, 2012 (UTC)
When I heard about his death I was shocked. He was so awesome as Mermaid Man. MM&BB episodes won't be the same. Qubit2222 22:22, July 20, 2012 (UTC)
I will always miss you EVIL line it made me laugh!
R.I.P mermaid man i will miss you.
You were always a great actor. No actor can be better at the voice of Mermaid Man than you. Islam4856 Toronto time, 10: 23 A.M.
R I P ernest. Now wwho will do mermaidman?
i wonder how spongebob feels...
R.I.P. mermaidman he is protecting the afterlife from EEEEVVVIILLLLLL
R.I.P., Ernest. I'm really going to miss your acting on Spongebob. I especially love the lines "Evil~!" and the times you messed up saying "Krabby Patty" when they were filming a MM&BB movie to show at the Krusty Krab. You will be missed, and MM&BB episodes just won't be the same without you. I'll always remember the time you spent on Spongebob. 순복 4:04 AM, USA
God bless you, Ernest Borgnine. Rest in peace. Unfortunatley, I knew this day would come. But of course, the spirit of Mermaid man will always survive.
To a man who gave his voice to The Simpsons, and My favorite show, SpongeBob SquarePants (series), your "EEEEEVVVIIILLLL!!!!!" quote will stay in my head. You may R.I.P (R.est I.n P.eace)! When you'ere alive, everybody loved you. But since you're dead, we still love you! Also the person you voiced should not be removed, let Adam West be the new voice Mermaid Man Billy190
Ernest Borgnine, you made me smile so much on spongebob. You voiced Mermaid Man perfectly. No one can ever replace your truly amazing style of voicing; RIP. P.S. Stay away from "EEEEEEEEEEEVILLLLLLL"!
Good-bye Mermaid man! "Stay out of the forces of EEEEEVILLLL!!"
R.I.P. Ernest Borgine, God bless you soul. You will be missed as your role on Spongebob Squarepants, as Mermaid Man. May you never be forgoten
Rest In Peace Ernest Borgine"Mermaid Man"
Rest in peace, Ernest. Let you be safe from EEVVIILL! Peenut2k7 15:26, August 5, 2012 (UTC)
R.I.P.
First Ryan Dunn, then Edd Gould, then Eduard Khil, and now this, WHY?! R.I.P D
Ernest, may wumbo always help you fight EEEVVIIIILLL!!!!!!!! Rest in Peace. SpongeSuperfan
May you find someone who is EEEEEEEEEEVVVVVVVIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! and defeat them, R.I.P. ERNEST!
Dear Ernest Borgnine, you did such an awesome job as Mermaid Man! Your role was really funny, and your terrific voice work made me laugh so many times! I hope you Rest In Peace. You did a great job, and you truly are a super hero! You will be greatly missed. You have saved the world from EEEEEEVVVVVIIIILLLL so many times! The Dirty Bubble, Man Ray, The Atomic Flounder, The Dreaded Jumbo Shrimp, and The Sinister Sea Slug are nothing against you! May your soul rest in a safe place where all heroes can relax. We will all miss you, both on SpongeBob SquarePants, and in life. You really are a super hero! R.I.P. Ernest Borgine. SpongeBobsNumber1Fan
Dear Ernest Borgine I will miss you and you were very funny! And Don't forget to fight the EEEEEEVVVVVVVVVVIIIIIIIIILLLL! RIP I will always remember you! DMK614 20:20, August 9, 2012 (UTC)

R.I.P Ernest. Death Is Super EEEEEEEVVVVVVILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL I Wish You Could Have Lived Up To The Age 600 I Will Always Remember You

Club Of Peng 3:32, Monday, 21st April 2014 (NZ Time)
Rest In Peace Ernest Borgnine, I will remember you by many films and series you have act in and of course as a voice of Mermaid Man. AW10 12:17,8/13/2012
SpongeBob will cry, since you have died. Rest in Peace. WiiWare
Mr. Borgnine, thank you for keeping the dream of Bikini Bottom's two favorite elders alive. You were always the best. Sik Dude
Goodbye, Ernest Borgnine. I will miss you. You will never forgotten. And.. You are the best Mermaid Man voice actors ever. Anti-CosmoFan

09:35, August 19, 2012 (UTC)

the second picture is very sad Eink12 00:19, September 2, 2012 (UTC)
He's dead, so that another voice actor replaces him? Is he dead? Charles Nelson Reilly is also dead. Happy Birthday Mary Jo Catlett! Is it Mary Jo's birthday? Mermaid Man is dead. Pikalin38

12:12, September 2, 2012 (UTC)

RIP, Mr. Borgnine. You have left your mark on this world. Backflipgal 13:06, September 3, 2012 (UTC)
I loved him. Seriously. Good guy. RIP, my friend. You did amazing with voice acting mermaid man. Z! 10:37, September 9, 2012 (UTC)
What a brave man, going in the line of duty like that! Why? Why? Why?! IHeartSpongeBob 10:50, October 23, 2012 (UTC)

Goodbye, Ernest, you're fighting crime and yelling "EVIIIL!" in Heaven now, you will be missed, R.I.P.

The_Zog. 05:41, November 11, 2012 (EST)

You were a good man. Death is quite EEEEEEVVVVVVVIIIIIIILLLLLLL! You can be replaced, but it just would'nt be the same. *Throws stuff out the window*

Lolwutburger A few minutes ago
RIP Mr. Ernest Borgnine. You and your famous "EVIIIL!" line will be missed by us all. Cure Believe 18:35, August 16, 2013 (CST)

R.I.P Mermaid Man...no one can replace your EVILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL line.... WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH :(

Death is so EVILLL! We all miss you very much, if you have a computer in heaven and are seeing this. Why are you dead? Why? Why?!?!?! WHY?!?!?!!?!? *jumps off a building* Theinvisiblehotdog 21:49, September 7, 2013 (UTC)
R.I.P Ernest. You will still be missed, even though it has been 4 years.  trevorontario  w  c  clickme  14:38, February 4, 2017 (UTC)
Lets hope you have a good life in heaven, to the afterlife, awaaaaaaaay! The Hoop April 20, 2018 (EST)
Aw, Rest In Peace oh great actor! I liked Mermaid Man. =( Golfpecks2 (Contact • Contrib) 02:31, April 21, 2018 (UTC)
R.I.P Ernest Borgnine, you will be missed by all of us. Grape Milk 9:07, June 30th 2020, (BST)
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