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LOS ANGELES (CBSMiami/AP) — Stephen Hillenburg, whose daffy animated cartoon character ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ became an international hit, has died.
He was 57.
Nickelodeon announced his death on Twitter.
💛 We are sad to share the news of the passing of Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants. Today, we are observing a moment of silence to honor his life and work. 💛
— Nickelodeon (@Nickelodeon) November 27, 2018
He said he had been diagnosed with ALS in 2017.
The show started in 1999 and has more than 240 episodes. It also included two full-length movies.