The cartoon with the sweet yellow fungus to the teeth of happiness has been broadcast in more than 150 countries. A third feature film is being prepared.
In 1999, he created SpongeBob, a character that was always wearing beige pants that were too short and naively optimistic and lived at the bottom of the Pacific. Stephen Hillenburg died on Monday, November 26 at the age of 57, from a neurogenic disease, announcing the American Channel Nickelodeon on Tuesday. The latter sent the comic for several years and generated billions of dollars in revenue.
In March 2017, Stephen Hillenburg had reported amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Charcot disease, a neurodegenerative disease for which there is no treatment. He had also expressed his intention to continue working on the series despite the disease.
Exported to more than 150 countries, the comic has been so successful that new episodes are still being produced, almost twenty years after the first broadcast. SpongeBob has also been adapted to the movies. A third feature film is scheduled for 2020.
"We are incredibly sad", Nickelodeon reacted in a tweet.
We are sad to share passing Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants. Today, we observe a moment of silence to honor his life and work.
– Nickelodeon (@ Nickelodeon) November 27, 2018
"Steve had impregnated SpongeBob with a unique sense of humor and innocence that has led the joy of generations of children and families everywhere."the channel continued in a statement.