SpongeBob SquarePants Creator Stephen Hillenburg Dies After Battle With ALS

His hit animated Nickelodeon series averages more than 100 million total viewers each quarter

Stephen Hillenburg's SpongeBob SquarePants has been a Nickelodeon staple since 1999. Getty Images

Stephen Hillenburg, who created one of the most popular animated series of all time in Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants, died on Monday after a struggle with ALS.

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