Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, has died at the age of 57.
Hillenburg died after a battle with ALS, a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. He revealed that he had been diagnosed with the illness in March 2017.
Nickelodeon said: “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.
this year, the beloved cartoonist was honored with a special Emmy “for his contribution and impact made in the animation field and within the broadcast industry”.
so many people around the world would mourn the loss of such iconic cartoonist who has made childhood memories even special.