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Stephen Hillenburg, creator of 'SpongeBob Squarepants,' reveals ALS diagnosis

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Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob Squarepants, has revealed that he was recently diagnosed with ALS; ALS, or amyotrophic laterals sclerosis, is a progressive, fatal neurodegenerative disease which affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord which results in the loss of muscle control.

Hillenburg gave a statement about his diagnosis:

"I wanted people to hear directly from me that I have been diagnosed with ALS. 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."

source: information & quote from NBC News
Tags: animation, nickelodeon
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