The inventor of the popular comic character "Spongebob Squarepants", Stephen Hillenberg, is dead. He died on Monday at the age of 57 of the nervous system ALS, informed the transmitter Nickelodeon on Tuesday. He filled the series with a "unique sense of humor and virginity".
"His completely original characters and the world of Bikini Bottom will long remember the values of optimism, friendship and boundless imagination," said it.
Kids Channel Nickelodeon wrote on Twitter: "We are sorry to announce the death of Stephen Hillenburg, the inventor of SpongeBob SquarePants, today we hold a minute of silence to honor his life and work."
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Nickelodeon (@ Nickelodeon) November 27, 2018
In his studies and as a teacher of marine biology Hillenburg treated the ocean's flora and fauna in 1992, he graduated in animation in California. "SpongeBob Squarepants" first appeared in the United States in 1999. The series takes place in the ocean-based city of Bikini Bottom, where SpongeBob, Starfish Patrick, Squid Squidward and other marine lifebirds live. In addition to children, young and young adults also thought about the series.
According to Variety, nearly 250 episodes of the series have been aired, which has been translated into more than 60 languages. The German version was originally seen from 2002 to 2009 on Super RTL. Hillenburg also wrote and produced the "SpongeBob" films released in 2004 and 2015. A third movie was planned for Hillenburg's death in 2020.