BREAKING: Stephen Hawking, One of Science’s Greatest Minds, Has Died Aged 76

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One of the greatest minds of our time, physicist and author Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, according to news reports from the United Kingdom.

“We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today,” Hawking’s family said in a statement released on Wednesday morning.

“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 for ever.”

Hawking, whose brilliant career in theoretical physics and cosmology spanned six decades, remained an active science communicator until his last days. Just earlier this month he mused about existence before the Big Bang with Neil deGrasse Tyson on his popular Star Talk show.

Tributes to the professor have already started streaming in on social media:

“It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.” RIP Stephen Hawking pic.twitter.com/5f49ucp2Of

– Ben Wikler (@benwikler)March 14, 2018

“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away”
-Stephen Hawking

– Julia Wilde (@Julia_SCI)March 14, 2018

The universe just became a little less comprehensible. Vale #StephenHawking

– Ms D 🌈💕 (@msdwrites)March 14, 2018

Sad to hear about the passing of one of our greatest minds, #StephenHawking. He will be missed. pic.twitter.com/WDHKU0ulc8

– Nick Walden Poublon (@NWPinPDX)March 14, 2018

Updates to come.