Stephen Hawking, a uniquely gifted astrophysicist, has passed away at the age of 76. Despite being confined to a wheelchair, Hawking revolutionized the study of astrophysics. He is credited with cemented the 'big bang theory', a theory which explains the beginnings of the known universe.
"We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today," Hawking's three children said in a statement. "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,'" the statement concluded. "We will will miss him forever."