The creator of SpongeBob Stephen Hillenburg is dead
The creator of the cartoon "SpongeBob SquarePants", Stephen Hillenburg, died Monday for 57 years after a neurogenic disease, announced Tuesday the American Channel Nickelodeon, broadcasts of the animation series that generated billions of dollars in revenues.
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 been so successful that new episodes continue to be produced, nearly twenty years after the first broadcast.
SpongeBob has also been adapted to the film, with two first installments (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.