Stephen Hawking, the famed physicist whose life was depicted in the 2014 film The Theory of Everything, has died. He was 76.
Hawking's family announced his death early Wednesday morning in that statement that said, "We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today."
Throughout his life, Hawking defied the odds. When he was 22 he was diagnosed with a rare motor neuron disease and was only given a few years to live by doctors.
While the condition left him unable to walk and speak, save for the use of a voice synthesizer, he went on to become one of the world's most influential scientists.
His major accomplishments include outlining a theory that black holes emit "Hawking radiation" in 1974 and publishing the book A Brief History of Time in 1988, which went on to sell more than 10 million copies.
In the statement, his children Lucy, Robert and Tim went on to praise his "courage and persistence" as well as his "brilliance and humor" that inspired people around the globe. They continued, "He once said, 'It would not be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people we love.' We will miss him forever." (BBC)
Tributes are pouring in for famed physicist and author Stephen Hawking who passed away at the age of 76.
Actor Eddie Redmayne, who won an Oscar for portraying Hawking in the movie The Theory of Everything, said, "We have lost a truly beautiful mind, an astonishing scientist and the funniest man I have ever had the pleasure to meet. My love and thoughts are with his extraordinary family." The cast of TV's The Big Bang Theory, who often referenced Hawking on the show and even welcomed him as a guest star in one episode, tweeted, "In loving memory of Stephen Hawking. It was an honor to have him on The #BigBangTheory. Thank you for inspiring us and the world."
The show's star, Kaley Cuoco, separately wrote on Instagram, "It was truly such an honor getting to work with the incredible Stephen Hawking. He made us laugh and we made him laugh. His life and career workings have been many a subject matter on @thebigbangtheory and we are all better for it."
Here are some other tributes:
Neil deGrasse Tyson: "His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake. But it's not empty. Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure. Stephen Hawking, RIP 1942-2018."
Katy Perry: "There’s a big black hole in my heart hours before Pi day. Rest In Peace @Steven_Hawking."
Kumail Nanjiani: "RIP Stephen Hawking. Genuinely very sad to hear that. If you haven’t, read A Brief History of Time. It’ll make the world feel more amazing and beautiful and strange. It’ll also make you feel smart and stupid all at once."
Mira Sorvino: "I am very saddened to hear of Stephen Hawking’s passing. His book was an enormous influence on me in college and meeting and getting to talk with him was one of the great thrills of my life. You are shining in the heavens you so loved now!"
Zoe Saldana: "Farewell to a brilliant mind. Thank you for being so generous with your knowledge in the brief time you were with us."
Larry King: "I once asked Stephen Hawking in an interview what puzzles him the most in all the universe. 'Women,' he answered. He will be missed. R.I.P."
British PM Thersa May: "Professor Stephen Hawking was a brilliant and extraordinary mind - one of the great scientists of his generation. His courage, humor and determination to get the most from life was an inspiration. His legacy will not be forgotten."