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The first part of the SpongeBob series, written by Hillenburg, produced and directed, was broadcast in 1999.
28 November 2018 at 9:20 CTK
LOS ANGELES. At the age of 57 on Monday, American illustrator, animator and marine biologist Stephen Hillenburg died as the creator of the animated SpongeBob series in the legs.
Reuters reported on Tuesday, referring to the Nickelodeon Children's Television Station, which broadcasts the series on the adventures of the yellow sea monster and her friends in the underwater city Zátišie Bikín.
He lost the fight with ALS
"We are incredibly worried about the report that Steve Hillenburg died after turning ALS," said the TV station. "He was a beloved friend and a long-lasting creative partner for all Nickelodeon, in the hearts of the whole family," added the station.
ALS is an abbreviation for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a neurogenic disease that became known to people in 2014 in connection with the so-called Ice Bucket Challenge, where people get water on their heads with ice water.
As ALS suffers, Hillenburg announced in 2017.
SpongeBob in the legs
The first parts of the Spongebob series, written by Hillenburg, produced and directed, were broadcast in 1999.
But Hillenburg began making figures of marine creatures much earlier when he lectured in California's marine biology.
The series has won several awards, including four Emmy TV Awards, and has also received film or musical work.