New Delhi, Delhi, India
Mar 14, 2017, 04.26 PM
'SpongeBob SquarePants' creator Stephen Hillenburg said he has been diagnosed with motor neurone disease ALS, but has wished to carry on working with the popular animated show.
“I wanted people to hear directly from me that I have been diagnosed with ALS,” the statement published by Variety read. “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 honoured during this time.”
“Steve Hillenburg is a brilliant creator who brings joy to millions of fans,” read a statement Nickelodeon issued. “Our thoughts and support are with Steve and his family during this difficult time. Out of respect for their wishes for privacy, we will have no further comment.”
People close to Hillenburg said he was diagnosed with the motor neurone disease recently. ALS is a debilitating disease, which affects the brain and the spinal cord.
Stephen Hawking is one of the people to have been suffering from the crippling disease.