[Photo by: Stephen Hawking/Facebook]
Physicist Stephen Hawking has died peacefully at his home in Cambridge at the age of 76, BBC reports.
The scientist, well known for his work with black holes and relativity, was only given two years to live after being diagnosed with the motor neurone disease ALS.
However, he went on to Cambridge and bravely battled ALS to become one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein. In 1988, he published A Brief History of Time, which "plunges into the exotic realms of black holes and quarks" and more, all in a language we can understand.
Musicians have taken to social media to pay tribute to the hero of scientists and creative thinkers alike.
"Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet" - RIP Stephen Hawking you fucking legend.— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) March 14, 2018
RIP Stephen Hawking— Geoffrey Rickly (@GeoffRickly) March 14, 2018
Brilliance should always be tempered with such love.
We lost one of the greatest minds in physics today. RIP Stephen Hawking.— Night Riots (@nightriots) March 14, 2018
Brandon Hoover, Crown The Empire:
not often I feel the need to add to the tributes to passing celebs but I always admired Stephen Hawking, especially for using his platform to advocate for issues like assisted suicide and retaining public ownership of the NHS. shout out Stephen Hawking pic.twitter.com/ftYWXdD2rn— Nervus �� (@nervusmusic) March 14, 2018
Sad to hear of Stephen Hawking’s passing but extremely grateful for his contributions. He was a first-rate example of what a curious mind can achieve and how it can also inspire. Equally important as his theories. Thank you for everything... -RP pic.twitter.com/vTsEiZLdwb— Nickelback (@Nickelback) March 14, 2018
STEPHEN HAWKING WAS THE GOAT, THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF SCIENCE, RIP MY DUDE— SLiME DADDY (@FRONZ1LLA) March 14, 2018
damn, RIP to the legend stephen hawking.— Goody Grace (@goodygrace) March 14, 2018
Sad day for science and dreamers alike...RIP Mr Hawking ✨ Thank You!!! #Repost @space ・・・ RIP to a true genius �� “but it would be an empty universe indeed if it were not for the people I love, and who love me. Without them, the wonder of it all would be lost on me” “We must become global citizens” - Stephen Hawking. 1942-2018