The creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, Stephen Hillenburg, died at 57


The creator of SPONGEBOB SquarePants, Stephen Hillenburg, died at age 57, confirmed Nickelodeon.

Hillenburg announced in March 2017 that he was diagnosed with motor neuron disease.

In a statement, the children's television network said: "We are saddened to share the news of the death of Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of Sponge Bob Square Pants.

"Today, we are observing a moment of silence to pay homage to his life and work."

Former marine biology professor Stephen has worked in Sponge Bob since 1999.

In a longer statement, the broadcaster added: "Steve imbued 'SpongeBob Square Pants' with a unique sense of humor and innocence that has brought joy to generations of children and families everywhere."

"His totally original characters and the world of Bikini Bottom will remain for a long time as a reminder of the value of optimism, friendship and unlimited power of imagination."

In addition to creating the character, Hillenburg also directed the 2004 film The movie SpongeBob SquarePants.

He survived by his wife, Karen, and his son, Clay.


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