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‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Creator Stephen Hillenburg Dies At 57

Some sad news to report to you today, as SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg has died at age 57. The creator was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a debilitating disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, back in March of 2017.

Hillenburg revealed the diagnosis himself, saying:

“I wanted people to hear directly from me that I have been diagnosed with ALS. Anyone who knows me knows that I will continue to work on SpongeBob SquarePants and my other passions for as long as I am able. My family and I are grateful for the outpouring of love and support. We ask that our sincere request for privacy be honored during this time.”

Nickelodeon has released a statement on his passing, saying:

“Steve imbued SpongeBob SquarePants with a unique sense of humor and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere. 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.”

They also released a tweet:

Fans of the show have come out to show their support as well:

It’s definitely sad news, and for someone who grew up watching the show, and now has a son growing up watching the show, it’s safe to say that the impact Hillenburg left on all of us won’t ever be forgotten.

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