Stephen Hillenberg – in the center (photo – Getty Images)
Stephen Hillenberg was 57 years old
The author of the popular animated series "SpongeBob SquarePants" Stephen Hillenberg died in the United States at the age of 57. Reports on this Bbc.
Hillenberg was diagnosed with motor neuron disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) last March. It is reported that this was the cause of the artist's death.
"We are very upset about the death of Steve Hillenberg," the film company Nickelodeon said in a statement. "He was a close friend and long-time creative partner for all of us at Nickelodeon with us as a reminder of the value of optimism, friendship, and unlimited power of imagination."
Stephen Hillenberg was born on August 21, 1961 in Fort Silla, Oklahoma. In 1984, he graduated from Humboldt University, California, and went to work as a professor of marine biology at the Marine Institute, now called the Ocean Institute, in Dana Point. The talent of the storyteller and artist and the love of marine animals inspired Hillenberg to illustrate lectures with his own stories and drawings, in which future world-famous heroes appeared – SpongeBob and his friends.
In 1987, he graduated from the experimental animation course at the California Institute of Arts in Valencia, and in 1992 he received a Master's Degree in Fine Arts.