‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Creator Stephen Hillenburg, 57, Passes Away After Battle With ALS
By FOX NEWS // November 27, 2018
SpongeBob First Aired In May 1999
ABOVE VIDEO: SpongeBob Square Pants creator Stephen Hillenburg shares his interest in Marine Biology and how it eventually led him to create the popular underwater character. (Video by Nick Animation)
(FOX NEWS) – Stephen Hillenburg, the man behind Nickelodeon’s cartoon series “SpongeBob SquarePants,” died on Monday. He was 57.
Nickelodeon told Deadline in a statement the network is “incredibly saddened by the news that Steve Hillenburg has passed away following a battle with ALS.”
The statement continued: “He was a beloved friend and long-time creative partner to everyone at Nickelodeon, and our hearts go out to his entire family. Steve imbued ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ with a unique sense of humor and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere.”
His utterly original characters and the world of Bikini Bottom will long stand as a reminder of the value of optimism, friendship and the limitless power of imagination.”
Hillenburg, who was a former marine biologist, revealed his ALS diagnosis last March.
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