Stephen Hawking, the brilliant British theoretical physicist known and respected around the world for his incredible life story, died on Wednesday.
He was 76 years old.
Hawking overcame a debilitating disease to publish enormously popular books that delved into the mysteries of the universe.
His passing was confirmed to the press and the public by a family spokesperson and his three kids and first wife released a statement early today that reads as follows:
We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today.
He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.
His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humor inspired people across the world.
He once said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him forever.
The cause of death is unknown at this time.
Simply put, had been widely considered the world’s greatest scientist.
But he was more than that; he was also a cosmologist, astronomer, mathematician and author of numerous books including the landmark “A Brief History of Time.”
The latter has sold more than 10 million copies across the globe.
Hawking was diagnosed with motor neurons disease at 21 years of old in 1963 and given two years to live at the time.
As this condition worsened, he eventually started to lose his ability to move, slowly being able to only communicate by using a single cheek muscle that was attached to a device which allowed him to speak.
Despite his diagnosis, however, Hawking defied every possible odd.
He continued his studies at Cambridge University and went on to merge Einstein’s theory of relativity with quantum theory in order to suggest that space and time would begin with the Big Bang and end in black holes.
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Source:: The Hollywood Gossip