Stephen Hawking Dies Aged 76

World famous physicist Stephen Hawking has passed away.

Hawking is most famous for his work on black holes and relativity, uncovering the mysteries of the universe despite being diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurone disease at the age of 22 and was given two years to live. The paralysing disease eventually left him wheelchair bound and unable to speak without the help of a voice simulator. 

The Professor died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

A statement from his children Lucy, Robert and Tim read, "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.

"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."

Hawking's rise to fame and relationship with his first wife, Jane, was portrayed in film by Oscar winning Eddie Redmayne in 2014's The Theory Of Everything.

Speaking in 2017, he told the BBC what he wanted his legacy to be:

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