Stephen Hillenburg, creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, and former marine biology teacher, died at his home in Southern California at age 57.
A year and a half ago, he revealed his diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, sometimes called Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Nickelodeon premiered the TV series in May 1999. Since then it has earned a long list of awards, including a recent Lifetime Achievement recognition for Hillenburg, presented in October 2017.
SpongeBob is a pleasant yellow sponge who works as a fry cook in Bikini Bottom. He has a pet snail and lives in a pineapple. SpongeBob’s best friend is a an overweight, pink starfish named Patrick.
“Patrick, you’re a genius!”
“Yeah, I get called that a lot.”
“What? A genius?”
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