-Akron, OH Stephen Hillenburg, 57, creator of Spongebob Squarepants, one of the longest running television shows in tv history, has passed away due to ALS.
ALS is “A nervous system disease that weakens muscles and impacts physical function.” There is no known cure and the life expectancy of one living with this is anywhere from there to five years.
In 2017, Hillenburg shared with us his diagnosis and his willingness to remain active with ‘Spongebob’ as long as possible.
Throughout the years, the cartoon has had 17 Emmy nominations, claiming accolades for ‘Outstanding Special Class Animated Program and Outstanding Sound Editing Animation in 2010 and 2014.
We can still expect a 12th season of Spongebob Squarepants and also the third feature film is set to be in theaters in 2020.
In 1999, Stephen Hillenburg debuted his first episode of Spongebob. Take a look below.