The creator of the animated Nickelodeon show “Spongebob Squarepants” has died.
Stephen Hillenburg was 57-years old.
Nickelodeon tweeted: “We are observing a moment of silence to honor his life and work.”
Hillenburg revealed last year he had been diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He told Variety he intended to work on his show for as long as he could.
“Spongebob” has been on Nickelodeon since 1999. It airs in more than 200 countries and been translated in to more than 50 languages.
It has earned numerous awards during it’s run, including four Emmy Awards, and has been adapted into a Broadway musical.