Tributes to Stephen Hawking have been pouring in since news of his death at age 76 broke on Wednesday, including from the actor who carefully studied his life to portray him onscreen.

Eddie Redmayne, who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his turn as the brilliant physicist in the 2014 movie The Theory of Everything, praised Hawking in a statement given to PEOPLE.

“We have lost a truly beautiful mind, an astonishing scientist and the funniest man I have ever had the pleasure to meet,” Redmayne, 36, said. “My love and thoughts are with his extraordinary family.”

Hawking’s family released a statement in the early hours of Wednesday morning confirming he died in his home, according to The Guardian.

“We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today,” his children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, with first wife Jane, said in the statement. It continued, in part, “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.”

On top of winning the Academy Award, Redmayne also received approval of his performance from the …read more



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