Stephen Hawking Dead: Scientist Dies at Age 76

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British scientist Stephen Hawking attends the launch of The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI) at the University of Cambridge, in Cambridge, eastern England, on October 19, 2016.
The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI), which launched today, is a collaboration between the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, Imperial College London, and the University of California, Berkeley. The centre will explore the implications of the rapid development of artificial intelligence (AI). / AFP / NIKLAS HALLE’N (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE’N/AFP/Getty Images)

Stephen Hawking, the famous scientist, is dead at the age of 76, his children have confirmed.

According to Sky News, Hawking is survived by three children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, who 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.”

Hawking died on Tuesday March 13, 2018. A spokesman for Hawking’s family also confirmed the news to the BBC. According to Biography.com, “Scientist Stephen Hawking is known for his groundbreaking work with black holes and relativity, and is the author of several popular science books including ‘A Brief History of Time.’”

That book “became an account of cosmology for the masses and offered an overview of space and time, the existence of God and the future,” Biography.com reports.

Hawking’s cause of death has not yet been released.