LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) – The creator of the animated tv collection SpongeBob SquarePants, Stephen Hillenburg, has died on the age of 57, the Nickelodeon tv community stated on Tuesday (Nov 27).
Hillenburg had stated final yr that he was affected by the neurodegenerative illness ALS, also called Lou Gehrig’s illness.
“We are incredibly saddened by the news that Steve Hillenburg has passed away following a battle with ALS,” the community stated in an announcement.
“He was a beloved friend and long-time creative partner to everyone at Nickelodeon, and our hearts go out to his entire family.”
Hillenburg was a marine biology instructor in Southern California when he began creating sea creatures as instructing instruments.
The first episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, that includes the cheery yellow sea sponge and his associates who reside within the fictional underwater metropolis of Bikini Bottom, aired on tv in May 1999.
The collection went on to win a number of awards, produced a collection of spin-off books, two Hollywood motion pictures and a Broadway musical.
“Steve imbued SpongeBob SquarePants with a unique sense of humour and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere,” the Nickelodeon assertion stated.
“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.”