The comic strip, launched in 1999, has had great success in more than 150 countries. This Tuesday, Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of the "Sponge Bob" character of 57 years, died.
He contributed to a neurodegenerative disease, according to the Nickelodeon child's television channel. By 2017, he himself had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Charcot's disease. Illness on which there is no treatment.
His character, "the square sponge" as the comic strip, crosses many adventures at the bottom of the Pacific.
The TV series has also been tweaked to the big screen, a total of more than $ 475 million in revenue.
Passionate about the seas, Stephen Hillenburg began his professional career in 1984 as a professor of marine biology in Dana Point, California. Before moving towards animation, reminds Le Monde.