Stephen Hawking, who got eminence due to his seminal work on black holes, has died at the age of 76. The iconic physicist and cosmetologist passed away in his sleep at his home in Cambridge. His three children Lucy, Robert and Tim described their father as a courageous, brilliant and funny man in a joint statement.

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Hawking, who had been suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS for a long period, was best known for his research into general relativity and quantum mechanics and for his enthusiasm to share the mysteries of the universe with the general public. At 21, he was with diagnosed with a rare motor neuron disease and doctors gave him just two more years to live. In 2014, a biopic on Hawking was released, which was titled as “The Theory of Everything”. The film, which was made on Hawking with Eddie Redmayne winning the best actor Academy Award for his portrayal of the scientist. Interestingly, once Hawking had said that he said finding a “theory of everything” would allow mankind to “know the mind of God.” Hawking made a guest television appearances in “The Simpsons” and “Star Trek”.