Stephen Hawking Actor Eddie Redmayne Joins Neil deGrasse Tyson and Other Celebrities Mourning Star Physicist
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The renowned physicist, who suffered from ALS for most of his life, passed away at the age of 76 late Tuesday evening.

Stephen Hawking passed away at the age of 76 on Wednesday night, and tributes from around the world have continued pouring in, including from Eddie Redmayne, the actor who portrayed the star physicist in "The Theory of Everything."

Despite suffering from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) through most of his life, Hawking became not only a leader in his field of study, but arguably the most famous scientist in the world, making appearances on shows as varied as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "The Big Bang Theory" and "The Simpsons."

Hawking's life story was the subject of "The Theory of Everything," with Redmayne scoring an Oscar for his portrayal of the physicist. Redmayne was among the first from Hollywood to pay tribute to the inspirational thinker who has fundamentally changed the way we see the universe and our place in it. "We have lost a truly beautiful mind, an astonishing scientist and the funniest man I have ever had the pleasure to meet," Redmayne said in a statement to People. "My love and thoughts are with his extraordinary family."

Felicity Jones portrayed Hawking's first wife Jane in the film and shared her thoughts on the film's inspiration as well. "So sad to hear of Stephen’s death. Stephen Hawking pushed the boundaries of who we are and what we believe," she said. "An extraordinary human who could bring humor to the most despairing moments and find hope in the unknown. He showed the world that anything is possible. My thoughts are with his wonderful family in this difficult time."

Benedict Cumberbatch portrayed Hawking in a BBC film focused on his earlier years at school. "I feel so lucky to have known such a truly great man whose profundity was found both in his work and the communication of that work," Cumberbatch said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "His support of the sciences, art, education and the NHS and charities such as the MND foundation will also live on as will his wickedly funny sense of humor. I will miss our margaritas but will raise one to the stars to celebrate your life and the light of understanding you shone so brightly on them for the rest of us. You were and are a true inspiration for me and for millions around the world."

Other celebrities took to Twitter and other social media platforms to express their gratitude, respect and pay tribute to the man who popularized science and kept us looking toward the original stars.

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