Stephen Hawking, modern science’s brightest star, dies at 76

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Stephen Hawking, the acclaimed brightest star in the firmament of science, whose insights shaped modern cosmology and inspired global audiences in the millions, has died aged 76.

His family released a statement in the early hours of Wednesday, March 14, confirming his death at his home in Cambridge, the Guardian reports.

Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, 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 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.”

Stephen Hawking, modern cosmology's brightest star, dies at 76

Hawking was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 1963 at the age of 21. He, however, survived for more than half a century. Credit: Guardian UK

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Hawking was marked out by fellow scientists and loved ones for his intuition and wicked sense of humour.

He was also revered for his fierce intellect which, coupled with his illness, came to symbolise the unbounded possibilities of the human mind.

Hawking was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 1963 at the age of 21.

Doctors expected him to live for only two more years. But Hawking had a form of the disease that progressed more slowly than usual. He survived for more than half a century. previously reported that popular US rapper Craig Mack, best known for his 1994 hit song Flava In Ya Ear, died aged 46.

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Legendary disc jockeys Funkmaster Flex and DJ Scratch took to social media to announce Mack’s passing from congestive heart failure early on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

“I just got a disturbing phone call,” DJ Scratch said on Instagram. “I cannot believe this dude is gone. He just reached out a couple of weeks ago for me to speak on his documentary about his life. Because Craig was my roadie on tour. He would set up & break down my turntables every night on tour. Rest In Peace Lil Bro.”

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