World famous physicist, Stephen Hawking died at the age of 76 peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday,CNN report.
Stephen Hawking, who was battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease since being diagnosed at 21, was expected to live only for a few more years after 21 but he defied the odds and lived for several decades.
According to his children 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.”
They praised his “courage and persistence” and said 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.”
Hawking was confined to a wheelchair for the most part of his life as a result of neuron disease he contracted at the age of 21. But the condition spurred him to work harder as he wrote in a 2013 memoir