Stephen Hillenburg Dies at 57 Because of ALS

Boston, MA Boston

Are you a fan of SpongeBob SquarePants? Have you ever watched it? Sadly, the creator of it, Stephen Hillenburg, died on Monday. He was 57.

Hillenburg revealed he had been diagnosed with ALS in March last year, and it's confirmed that the cause of death is due to ALS. SpongeBob SquarePants is one of the most famous cartoon he has created and produced, it has already be translated into 60 languages. Hillenburg was also nominated by Emmy's Award nine times.

We are incredibly saddened by the news that Steve Hillenburg has passed away following a battle with ALS, 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.

Nickelodeon

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