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Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Stephen Hillenburg who Turned his Passion for Marine Biology into a Movie, SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Dies at 57

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Maker of the highest rated show on Nickelodeon aged 57 is dead!

Stephen Hillenburg, who used his loves of drawing and marine biology to spawn the absurd undersea world of SpongeBob SquarePants, has died, Nickelodeon announced Tuesday.
Hillenburg died Monday of Lou Gehrig's disease, also known as ALS, the cable network said in a statement. 
Hillenburg conceived, wrote, produced and directed the animated series that began in 1999 and bloomed into hundreds of episodes, movies and a Broadway show.    
'We are sad to share the news of the passing of Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants,' the network said in a tweet. 'Today, we are observing a moment of silence to honor his life and work.'
The TV vet announced last year in March he had been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease.
Lou Gehrig's disease, also known as ALS, is a progressive disease that attacks nerve cells that control the muscles. There is no known cure.  
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Hillenburg told Variety at the time that he would continue to work on the show and his other passions for as long as he's able to. 
At the time Nickelodeon said in a statement to Variety that he 'is a brilliant creator who brings joy to millions of fans' and that the network's 'thoughts and support' are with Hillenburg and his family.
His death comes just weeks after the passing of another cartoon hero - Marvel creator Stan Lee. 


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