Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of "SpongeBob", is dead

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Stephen Hillenburg, January 31, 2015.
Stephen Hillenburg, January 31, 2015. Charles Sykes / Charles Sykes / Invision / AP

The creator of the comic book SpongeBobStephen Hillenburg died Monday at the age of 57 years from a neurogenic disease, announced Tuesday, November 27, the American channel Nickelodeon, the broadcaster of the animation series that generated billions of dollars on sale.

Launched in 1999, SpongeBob has a naive optimistic character who lives in the bottom of the Pacific Ocean in the city of Bikini Bottom. Broadcast in more than 150 countries, the comic has been hugely successful, to the point that new episodes continue to be produced, nearly twenty years after the first broadcast.

SpongeBob has also been adapted to the cinema, with two first components (the first written and directed by Hillenburg) that has collected more than $ 475 million worldwide, according to the specialized website Box Office Mojo. 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, liked the credit to Broadway, with a musical playing in New York from December 2017 to September 2018.

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A sense of humor and innocence

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", the Nickelodeon channel reacted in a statement. "Steve had imbued SpongeBob with a unique sense of humor and innocence that has led the joy of generations of children and families everywhere."continued the channel, owe its best audience to 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 had to move towards animation. In 1993 he had created a first animated series for Nickelodeon, Rocko's modern lifebefore you create SpongeBob.

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