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R.I.P. Stephen Hawking
Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:26am

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Stephen Hawking died early Wednesday morning, a family spokesman told ABC News. He was 76.

Hawking, who wrote several influential books including "A Brief History of Time," was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 1962.

The family did not disclose the cause of death, but said he “died peacefully” at his home in Cambridge, England.

“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," the family said in a statement.

"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,” it added.

He leaves behind a wife, Lucy, and two sons, Robert and Tim.

    • Re: R.I.P. Stephen HawkingOpinionedAngel, Thu Mar 15 12:02am
      Well that's depressing news. God rest, good sir, may you be able to walk freely in the afterlife...
    • Re: R.I.P. Stephen Hawkingclassicfilmfan, Wed Mar 14 8:39pm
      He is a great inspiration to me, and will be missed.
    • (solemnly salutes)61516, Wed Mar 14 8:05pm
      A toast to the fallen hero! May we all transcend our limits as he did!
      • *makes a brief re-appearance*Storme Hawk, Fri Mar 16 7:24pm
        But seriously, it is a shame. But given all that he has done in what could have been described as borrowed time, it's quite amazing. Novastorme
    • RIP HawkingLonelyStar, Wed Mar 14 2:59pm
      Good going beating the doctor's diagnosis by 53 years and counting. Now you just have to wait for someone else to come close to your record.
    • I've just discovered...Huinesoron, Wed Mar 14 12:30pm
      ... that he was and is (apparently) the only person to have portrayed themselves in an episode of Star Trek . Here he is . Now that's a legacy worth remembering. Also, y'know, the thing where he... more
      • Did he really?Iximaz, Wed Mar 14 5:00pm
        That's amazing . Made me smile to find it out. :)
    • Like Aegis said...Iximaz, Wed Mar 14 1:07am
      ...It's hard to believe he's dead. He just sort of felt like a fact, you know? He'll live on for many years indeed. “There are three deaths. The first is when the body ceases to function. The second... more
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