World-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking passed away Wednesday. He was 76.
The professor’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, said in the statement.
“He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years,” it continued. “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.”
In 2014, Hawking’s life was adapted into the film The Theory of Everything starring Eddie Redmayne, who played the physicist, and Felicity Jones, who played his ex-wife Jane.
Hawking became afflicted with motor neurons disease in 1963 and was given two years to live. Despite his diagnosis, he continued his studies at Cambridge University and went on to change the subject of cosmology.
The scientist’s fame trickled into every corner, including pop culture when he was featured in an episode of The Simpsons.
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