November 27, 2018 07:16 PM
Updated on November 27, 2018, 19:17 PM
Steve Hillenburg, creator of Sponge Bob, he died on Tuesday at his 57-year-old, said Nickelodeon. In 2017, the creator of the mythical yellow sponge character reported that he had detected amiotrophic lateral sclerosis (ELA), an incurable disease.
"His completely original characters and the world of Bikini Fund will be kept for a long time as a reminder of the value of optimism, friendship and unlimited power of imagination," the company added.
We are sad to share the news of the passing of Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants. Today, we are observing a moment of silence to honor his life and work.
– Nickelodeon (@Nickelodeon) November 27, 2018
Stephen Hillenburg was born on August 21, 1961 in Oklahoma, United States. In 1984, he graduated at the university, where he studied marine biology and there he started his liking for aquatic beings.
In 1987, he began his studies of experimental animation and specialized in the artistic field thanks to his passion when creating characters and drawings. The American entertainer was married to Karen Hillenburg, with whom she had a son, Clay.
The ELA is a disease that affects the nervous system, affecting the physical functions and weakening the muscles.