Nickelodeon confirms SpongeBob SquarePants' creator is dead!

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The creator of Nickelodeon's famous SpongeBob SquarePants creator is dead, informed Nickelodeon through its official Twitter account. 57-year-old animator Stephen Hillenburg left the world in grief on Monday.

The creator of imaginary underwater world, 'Bikini Bottom' earlier said that he was suffering from the neurodegenerative disease ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He passed away on Monday noon.

Nickelodeon said in a statement: “We are incredibly saddened by the news that Steve Hillenburg has passed away following a battle with ALS. He was a beloved friend and long-time creative partner to everyone at Nickelodeon, and our hearts go out to his entire family.”

The official Twitter account of the network also announced the same through a tweet. In the tweet, Nickelodeon wrote: "We are sad to share the news of the passing of Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants. Today, we are observing a moment of silence to honor his life and work."

SpongeBob creator was a marine biology teacher at an institute in Southern California and that is when he got the inspiration for creating the magical world of 'Bikini Bottom'. The first-ever season of SpongeBob went on air in May 1999 on US television.

The series won multiple awards and has been the inspiration behind books, Hollywood movie and Broadway musicals. Stephen's series has aired in more than 200 nations and has been translated into more than 60 languages.

“Steve imbued SpongeBob SquarePants with a unique sense of humour and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere,” added Nickelodeon network.

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