The Creator of Sponge-Bob Passed Away

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Stephen Hillenburg , creator of the Nickelodeon children’s series SpongeBob Squarepants, has died at age 57. This news was released on Tuesday Nov 27, 2018. Spongebob Squarepants was debuted on  Tv in 1999, and continues to release new episodes to this day on Nickelodeon. It’s one of the longest streaming shows on Nickelodeon. He also directed The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, which he originally intended to be the series finale. However, Nickelodeon wanted to produce more episodes, so Hillenburg resigned as the showrunner. He went back to making short films. The movie, Sponge Out of Water, was released; the sequel to the 2004 film, it marked Hillenburg’s return to the franchise, after he co-wrote the story and acted as an executive producer on the project. Because of Spongebob, Stephen won 2 Emmy awards and 6 Annie awards. Hillenburg was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2017, but stated he would continue to work on his show as long as possible. Stephen Hillenburg , creator of the Nickelodeon children’s series SpongeBob Squarepants, has died at age 57,Tuesday Nov 27, 2018

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