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The Universe Lost A Star With the Death of Stephen Hawking: Reactions From Around the World

posted: 03/14/18
by: TLCme
Stephen Hawking addressing The Cambridge Union on November 21, 2017 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.
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Professor Stephen Hawking addressing The Cambridge Union on November 21, 2017 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.
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On the eve of Pi Day perhaps the most famed physicist of all time, Stephen Hawking died at age 76. Author of a 'A Brief History in Time' he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, more commonly called ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease in 1963 and was given 2 years to live -- which he out did by 55 years.

Hawking's family did not disclose the cause of his death but did state that he "died peacefully" at his home in Cambridge, England. His family also 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 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 told BBC in an interview that he felt lucky to live to 75, and I believe the universe feels the same.