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The creator of the cartoon character SpongeBob Squarepants, Stephen Hillenburg, is dead. The marine biologist graduated with a diploma in drawings death at 57 years of the consequences of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), said the American channel Nickelodeon gesture.
Hillenburg developed, wrote and produced the animated series launched in 1999. There was even a Broadway show with the little dumb square sponge that lives with more marine life in the seabed Bikini Bottom. The series had great popularity in the United States, but also in German-speaking countries.
According to Variety, nearly 250 episodes of the series have been aired, which has been translated into more than 60 languages. Hillenburg also wrote and produced the SpongeBob films in 2004 and 2015. A third movie was scheduled for 2020.