Los Angeles, Nov 28: Stephen Hillenburg, known for creating SpongeBob SquarePants passed away at the age of 57.
Nickelodeon that broadcast the hugely popular cartoon series has confirmed Hillenburg’s death on Monday.
According to the company, Hillenburg died due to motor neurone disease (also known as ALS) — a condition he revealed he had been diagnosed with in March last year.
He not only created the character, Hillenburg also helmed the 2004 “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie”.
“We are sad to share the news of the passing of Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants,” Nickelodeon tweeted.
“Steve imbued ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ with a unique sense of humour and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere”, the company’s statement added:
“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.”