Dead at 76
3/13/2018 9:16 PM PDT
Stephen Hawking, the world’s most famous physicist — celebrated for his black hole discoveries — has died … according to his family.
It appears Hawking died early Wednesday. His 3 children released a statement saying, “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today.”
Hawking had suffered from a rare early-onset form of ALS most of his life, which left him wheelchair-bound and almost entirely paralyzed. He could still communicate with the aid of computer and the muscles in his cheek.
The world renowned British scientist wrote several landmark books, including “A Brief History of Time.” His black hole theories and discoveries were so vast … the radiation that comes from them is called Hawking radiation.
The 2014 movie about his life, “The Theory of Everything,” was nominated for Best Picture, and Eddie Redmayne, who played Hawking, won the Oscar for Best Actor.
He had reportedly turned down Knighthood.
Hawking was 76.