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Posted 13 March 2017 - 06:15 PM

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http://variety.com/2...sis-1202007865/

 

 

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Stephen Hillenburg, creator of the long-running hit Nickelodeon series “SpongeBob SquarePants,” has revealed that he has been diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease ALS.

 
The 55-year-old animator shared a statement with Variety announcing the diagnosis and his intent to continue working on the series, which has been on the air since 1999.
 
“I wanted people to hear directly from me that I have been diagnosed with ALS.,” the statement reads. “Anyone who knows me knows that I will continue to work on ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ and my other passions for as long as I am able. My family and I are grateful for the outpouring of love and support. We ask that our sincere request for privacy be honored during this time.”
 
A source close to Hillenburg said he received the diagnosis recently and is in the early stages of the disease. ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a rare terminal illness that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
 
Hillenburg is a former marine biology teacher who channeled his love of the ocean into animation. “SpongeBob” began as a Saturday morning cartoon in 1999, before transitioning to primetime, where it became a multibillion-dollar franchise popular among kids and adult viewers as well.
 

Hillenburg also directed 2004’s “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.” He left the series for a decade before returning in 2014 as an executive producer. Last March, Nickelodeon renewed “SpongeBob” for a 10th and 11th season, which will keep the series on the air for well over 200 episodes.

 

Vincent Waller confirmed: https://twitter.com/...457959238426624

 

UPDATE #1: If you guys have Twitter, a lot of people had been very supportive to him that someone named @MisterSomeone13 created the hashtag #GetWellHillenburg. I had tweeted twice with the hashtag and had like and retweet almost every single tweet with it. Let's keep posting the hashtag and we should get it and Stephen Hillenburg's name trending. https://twitter.com/...efault&src=hash

 

UPDATE #2: Vincent Waller tweeted this as well: https://twitter.com/...206965992321024

 

Sad news for SpongeBob fans...let's hope he survives when the show ends. If not, what will happen to the show? (Will they just end it there?)


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Posted 13 March 2017 - 06:18 PM

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Oh my god, that sucks to hear. :( I hope he stays alright for a long time. :/
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Posted 13 March 2017 - 06:19 PM

I wasn't expecting this...

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 06:23 PM

Nooooo.

I hope he gets well soon.

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 06:23 PM

it can be fake. who knows the quote is from variety and that site is sometimes false. (correct me if i'm wrong.)



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Posted 13 March 2017 - 06:23 PM

I'm shocked to see this happening, please be okay Stephen Hillenburg :(

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 06:24 PM

Oh crap, I hope Hillenburg is fine. 



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Posted 13 March 2017 - 06:26 PM

Nooooo.

I hope he gets well soon.

 

Not likely, unfortunately. It gets much worse over time   :(

 

 

Man, this is so sad to hear. I feel for the guy...terrible news to receive. Hopefully he's still good to work on the show for a long while. 


Edited by PinkPearl, 13 March 2017 - 06:27 PM.

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 06:29 PM

:(

This is terrible.

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 06:29 PM

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At least in his lifetime he was able to make his dream ocean series a reality. I feel so bad for the guy, I hope he'll live a few years longer.. :(


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Posted 13 March 2017 - 06:30 PM

Not likely, unfortunately. It gets much worse over time   :(

 

 

Man, this is so sad to hear. I feel for the guy...terrible news to receive. Hopefully he's still good to work on the show for a long while. 

he can possibly live for five to 20 years. who knows. lets hope for 20 years.



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Posted 13 March 2017 - 06:30 PM

Maaan this sucks. Thankfully he's only in the early stages, but still...
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Posted 13 March 2017 - 06:31 PM

This is awful news :( My thoughts go out to him and his family.



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Posted 13 March 2017 - 06:31 PM

Oh boy... I hope he can live until SpongeBob´s 20th Anniversary or a little beyond, please don´t leave us too soon.


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Posted 13 March 2017 - 06:32 PM

Hey guys, this is a terminal illness. He'll never get better. He will eventually die from it...........

 

I feel so sorry for him. :( I'll definitely spend more time fundraising for ALS research.


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Posted 13 March 2017 - 06:37 PM

Not likely, unfortunately. It gets much worse over time   :(


This sucks. :*(
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Posted 13 March 2017 - 06:38 PM

Hey guys, this is a terminal illness. He'll never get better. He will eventually die from it...........


Yeah, um, I think we all know that, thanks. Let people have some form of hope, come on now

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 06:41 PM

that's sad. :(



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Posted 13 March 2017 - 06:43 PM

Oh my God... my heart is legitimately broken right now. 


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Posted 13 March 2017 - 06:47 PM

I'm frightened :patsad: , when most people who is diagnosed with something, they usually die,
 
And I don't want Stephen to be one of those people, :( :cry:
 
Let's hope not.

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 06:48 PM

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Honestly his show inspired me to make my own cartoons and stuff, if one day my show gets greenlit i´ll dedicate one of the episodes to him.


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Posted 13 March 2017 - 06:49 PM

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Honestly his show inspired me to make my own cartoons and stuff, if one day my show gets greenlit i´ll dedicate one of the episodes to him.

quote for future reference.


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Posted 13 March 2017 - 06:49 PM

That's just horrible, terrible what these illnesses can do to people... I hope things can smoothly sail for him.


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Posted 13 March 2017 - 06:50 PM

I just looked at the title and gasped in fear


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Posted 13 March 2017 - 06:51 PM

When I heard about this, I was terribly sadden. My condolences to Stephen and the Hillenburg family.

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