Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, according to his family.
Hawking was arguably the world’s most famous scientist known for his groundbreaking work on black holes and relativity. He shot to fame in 1988 after publishing A Brief History of Time along with several other popular science books.
The British theoretical physicist’s children made the announcement:
“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,” they added.
If you need a comforting thought, read this tweet:
Do you know what's a comforting thought right now?
That if there is an afterlife, Stephen Hawking now knows the answer to every single lingering question he had about the universe.
— Geraldine (@everywhereist) March 14, 2018