Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has died at age 76

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Stephen Hawking, one of the most influential scientists in the modern era, has died at age 76.

A spokesperson for his family released a statement saying he died peacefully at his home in Cambridge, England.

"It is with great sadness we announce the death of Professor Stephen Hawking," the statement said. "Professor Hawking died peacefully at his home in the early hours of this morning."

"His family have kindly requested that they be given the time and privacy to mourn his passing, but they would like to thank everyone who has been by Professor Hawking's side - and supported him - throughout his life."

Hawking is survived by his three children, Lucy, Robert, and Tim Hawking. The three also released a statement:

"We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. 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.'

We will miss him forever."

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