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."
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.
His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake. But it's not empty. Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure. Stephen Hawking, RIP 1942-2018. pic.twitter.com/nAanMySqkt
Our world has lost a shining light. Stephen Hawking defied expectation. Blessed with a brilliant mind and uncommon grace, he opened so many minds to the wonders of our universe. Courageous and unbowed by adversity, he believed deeply in the power reason. May he rest in peace.
Remembering Stephen Hawking, a renowned physicist and ambassador of science. His theories unlocked a universe of possibilities that we & the world are exploring. May you keep flying like superman in microgravity, as you said to astronauts on @Space_Station in 2014 pic.twitter.com/FeR4fd2zZ5
As we near Pi day (3.14) I join the global community in mourning the loss of the greatest physicist of our era. #StephenHawking is free from the physical constraints of this earthly condition we all exist in and he is soaring above us now marveling at it all. pic.twitter.com/o3V0TZrppj
RIP Stephen Hawking. Genuinely very sad to hear that. If you haven't, read A Brief History of Time. It'll make the world feel more amazing and beautiful and strange. It'll also make you feel smart and stupid all at once.
*NEW: Professor Stephen Hawking loved Tequila shots, strip clubs & Marilyn Monroe. He was also the world's greatest scientific mind & the most remarkable human being I've ever had the honour to meet. My column: https://t.co/cxVWGIlCiO pic.twitter.com/mNkWVoYMDM
The incredible #StevenHawking has passed... Thank you for boldly going where no man had gone before. You are in an inspiration in so many many ways. And the contribution you made to man kind will live on forever. #RIP