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Posted: March 14, 2018

Stephen Hawking dead at 76: Celebrities, public figures, scientists pay tribute

Stephen Hawking Through the Years

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

CAMBRIDGE, England —

Stephen Hawking, the renowned British physicist, professor, author and pop culture icon, died Wednesday at age 76.

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Hawking, whose life was chronicled in the 2014 film "The Theory of Everything," had battled amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – aka ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease – for more than five decades.

Scientists, public figures and celebrities, including astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and pop singer Katy Perry, flocked to social media to pay tribute to Hawking. Here's what they had to say:

Stephen Hawking Fast Facts


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Photos: Stephen Hawking through the years

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Photos: Stephen Hawking through the years

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Professor Stephen Hawking speaks during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium on August 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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