The creator SPONGEBOB SquarePants, Stephen Hillenburg, has died at 57, Nickelodeon has confirmed.
Hillenburg named March 2017 that it was confirmed that he had a motor neurone disease.
In a statement, the children's television network said: "We're sorry to share news about Stephen Hillenburg, the creator SpongeBob SquarePantsSouth Westerly
"Today, we look at a minute of tranquility to honor his life and work."
The old marine biology teacher on Stephen was working SpongeBob since 1999.
In a longer statement, the broadcaster added: "Steve has spurred SpongeBob SquarePants with a unique sense of disorder and innocence that gave birth to the generations of children and families everywhere. "
"His very original characters and the Bikini Bottom world will stand all the time in memory of hope, friendship and imaginative power without end."
As well as creating a & # 39; character, Hillenburg also conducts 2004 The Movie SpongeBob SquarePants.
His wife, Karen, and his son, Clay have lived.