Professor Stephen Hawking dies aged 76
Professor Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76.
He died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday morning, a spokesman for his family said.
Professor Hawking's children, Lucy, Robert and Tim said in a statement: "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.
"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.' We will miss him forever."
The renowned physicist was born in Oxfordshire in 1942 and went on to study at both the University of Oxford and Cambridge.
He wrote many books and won a string of awards throughout an illustrious career.
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