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‘SpongeBob’ Creator, Stephen Hillenburg, Diagnosed With ALS

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‘SpongeBob’ Creator, Stephen Hillenburg, Diagnosed With ALS


‘SpongeBob’ Creator, Stephen Hillenburg, Diagnosed With ALS

Stephen Hillenburg, creator of Nickelodeon’s long-running smash hit SpongeBob SquarePants, revealed on Monday that he has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

It is a neurodegenerative disease more commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease and it causes the death of neurons which control voluntary muscles.

“I wanted people to hear directly from me that I have been diagnosed with ALS,” Hillenburg said in a statement released on Monday afternoon, before adding that he has no plans to take a break from his responsibilities on the show.

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