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SpongeBob SquarePants Creator Died at 57

SpongeBob SquarePants Creator Died at 57

cnn.com: Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of the animated show "SpongeBob Squarepants," has died following a battle with the neurodegenerative disease ALS.

"[Hillenburg] was a beloved friend and long-time creative partner to everyone at Nickelodeon, and our hearts go out to his entire family," the network said in a statement to CNN on Tuesday. "Steve imbued SpongeBob SquarePants with a unique sense of humor and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere. His utterly original characters and the world of Bikini Bottom will long stand as a reminder of the value of optimism, friendship and the limitless power of imagination." Nickelodeon had earlier confirmed the news in a Tweet.



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