SpongeBob Squarepants Creator Dies At Age 57

28 Novembre, 2018, 17:23 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • SpongeBob Square Pants creator Stephen Hillenburg dies at 57

Hillenburg had said a year ago that he was suffering from the neurodegenerative disease ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Stephen Hillenburg, creator of SpongeBob SquarePants cartoon series, has died.

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

Hillenburg announced his ALS diagnosis in March 2017, saying he planned to continue working on the cartoon "for as long as I am able".

Hillenburg was a marine biology teacher in Southern California when he started creating sea creatures as teaching tools.

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The films "SpongeBob SquarePants Movie" was released in 2004 and "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water", its sequel, was released in 2015.

The company's statement added: "Steve imbued SpongeBob SquarePants with a unique sense of humour and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere".

The series went on to win multiple awards, produced a series of spin-off books, two Hollywood movies and a Broadway musical. It was my pleasure and honor to be in SpongeBob The Movie and to share some great laughs with this gentleman, Shocking Loss!") to Incredibles 2 director Brad Bird ("I first discovered SPONGEBOB through my sons, who were loudly singing along with the dopey & memorable theme song downstairs. The television series has aired in more than 200 nations and has been translated into more than 60 languages.

Following news of his death, Hillenburg's friends and fans of his work took to Twitter to pay tribute to him.



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