(File pix) In this file photo taken on Sept 23, 2014, Hawking gives a lecture during the Starmus Festival on the Spanish Canary island of Tenerife. AFP Photo

LONDON: Renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking has died at age 76, a family spokesman said Wednesday.

"We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today," professor Hawking's children, Lucy, Robert, and Tim said in a statement carried by Britain's Press Association news agency.

"He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years." – AFP


(File pix) In this file photo taken on Sept 19, 2013, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking poses for a picture ahead of a gala screening of the documentary 'Hawking', a film about the scientist's life, at the opening night of the Cambridge Film Festival in Cambridge, eastern England. Hawking has died at age 76, a family spokesman said on March 14, 2018. AFP Photo

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