Stephen Hawking Dies at 76

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UPDATED 7:03 AM PT — Wed. March 14, 2018

Famed British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76.

The scientist lived a long-life despite doctors claims of only having a few years to live after he was disgnosed with motor neurone disease back when he was 22.

This illness led him to live life in a wheel chair, and he had to learn to communicate through the use of a voice synthesiser.

In a press release, Hawking’s children confirmed the death of the former University of Cambridge professor, saying he passed away peacefully in his home early Wednesday morning.

In this Feb. 25, 2012 photo, Professor Stephen Hawking poses beside a lamp titled ‘black hole light’ by inventor Mark Champkins, presented to him during his visit to the Science Museum in London. Hawking, whose brilliant mind ranged across time and space though his body was paralyzed by disease, died early Wednesday, March 14, 2018, a University of Cambridge spokesman said. He was 76.
(Anthony Devlin/PA via AP)

As one of the world’s most well-known scientists, Hawking gained international and academic acclaim by changing the way physicists view gravity and black holes.

His life story was the focus of the Academy Award winning 2014 film “The Theory of Everything.”