Scientist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, a spokesman for his family has said.

Professor Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, said in a statement that he had died at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday.

They said: “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 asked for privacy but added their thanks to “everyone who has been by Professor Hawking’s side and supported him – throughout his life”…. see more

source: skynews