SpongeBob SquarePants’ creator Stephen Hillenburg, who brought the zany cartoon marine underworld of Bikini Bottom to television, the movies and the stage, has died at the age of 57, the Nickelodeon television network said on Tuesday (Nov 27).
Hillenburg had said last year that he was suffering from the neurodegenerative disease ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease which is the cause of his death on Monday. Many were saddened by the news that Steve Hillenburg has passed away following a battle with ALS.
Hillenburg was a marine biology teacher in Southern California when he started creating sea creatures as teaching tools.
The first episode of SpongeBob SquarePants – featuring the cheerful yellow sea sponge, who lived in an underwater pineapple, and his friends Mr Krabs, Larry the Lobster, Patrick, and their Krusty Krab restaurant hangout – aired on US television in May 1999.
The series went on to win multiple awards, produced a series of spin-off books, two Hollywood movies and a Broadway musical. The television series has aired in more than 200 nations and has been translated into more than 60 languages.
Steve successfully delivered Spongebob Squarepants with a unique sense of humour and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere. – cnalifestyle.channelnewsasia.com