SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg died Monday at the age of 57 years from a neurogenic disease, Nickelodeon, the presenter of the animated series, said Tuesday. billions of dollars in revenue.
Spongebob launched a naive optimistic character in 1999 living at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean in the city of Bikini Bottom. Broadcast in more than 150 countries, the comic has met with great success to the point that new episodes continue to be produced, almost twenty years after the first broadcast.
SpongeBob was also custom cinema, with two first installments (the first written and directed by Hillenburg) that has collected more than $ 475 million worldwide, according to the specialized Box Office Mojo website. A third feature film is scheduled for 2020.
The fine mushroom, permanently dressed in beige pants for short, a white shirt and a red tie, also liked the credit to Broadway, with a musical comedy played in New York from December 2017 to September 2018.
From March 2017, 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.
"We are incredibly sad," Nickelodeon said in a statement. "Steve had impregnated SpongeBob with a unique sense of humor and innocence that has led the joy of generations of children and families everywhere," said the channel. better the crowd of this yellow fungus to the teeth of happiness.
Passionate about the seas, Stephen Hillenburg began his professional career in 1984 as a professor of marine biology in Dana Point, California. He turned to animation. In 1993, he created a first animated series for Nickelodeon, "Rocko's Modern Life", before creating SpongeBob.