'SpongeBob SquarePants' Creator Stephen Hillenburg Dead at 57

Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of "SpongeBob SquareParents," died Monday at age 57.

Stephen Hillenburg, the baby-faced marine biologist and cartoonist who combined his two loves and created the undersea series "SpongeBob SquarePants," has died from ALS. He was 57.

Nickelodeon announced Tuesday the beloved writer and animator of its mega-popular children's show had lost his battle with Lou Gehrig's disease.