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The Creator of the animated series “spongebob Squarepants,” Stephen Hillenburg died at the age of 57, according to Variety.
Cause of death was amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which is diagnosed animator in March 2017.
TV channel Nickelodeon which broadcasts animated series about Sponge Bob, expressed his condolences in connection with death of Hillenberg. Representatives of the TV channel noted that his original characters and the universe of Bikini bottom will always remind about “value of optimism, friendship and limitless power of the imagination”.
“Steve filled the series “spongebob Squarepants” unique sense of humor and naivety that has brought joy to generations of children and families worldwide,” — said in a statement.
Stephen Hillenburg began his career as an animator in 1987. From 1993 to 1996, he worked in television as a Director and screenwriter show on Nickelodeon “New life Rocco”.
The first episode of the animated series about Sponge Bob came on 1 may 1999. Currently the show has about 250 series. The show received numerous awards and has been translated into over 60 languages.
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