Professor Stephen Hawking Dead At 76

BREAKING: Stephen Hawking has died.

Stephen Hawking

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World-renowned physicist Dr Stephen Hawking has died at age 76, his family has confirmed.

“We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today,” Professor Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert and Tim said in a statement 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 humour 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’.”

Hawking was best known for his work unlocking the secrets of black holes, as set out in his popular science book, A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes. 

Hawking had suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as motor neurone disease or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and had been confined to a wheelchair for more than 50 years.

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