Hillenburg made a year and a half ago, announced that he was suffering from ALS, a disease of the nerve cells. “We are extremely saddened by the news that Steve Hillenburg died of the consequences of IF”, writes Nickelodeon in a statement. The television station praises Hillenburg’s unique sense of humor. “Are original characters and world of Bikini Bottom will be long remembered for the optimism, friendship and the boundless imagination.”
The animated series about a cheerful yellow sponge was formed in 1999. In the Netherlands the series for the first time in 2002, broadcast.