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By Oluwatoyin Adeleye

He is highly respected as one of the most intelligent people in the world.

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Prof Stephen Hawkings died peacefully at his Cambridge home in the early hours of today, March 14, 2018, his family confirmed.

his children, Lucy, Robert and Tim said in 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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Stephen Hawking, Jane Wilde Hawking and family attend the British Academy Film Awards at The Royal Opera House on Feb. 8, 2015 in London. (Fred Duval/FilmMagic via Getty Images)

Mr Hawking, who was nicknamed ‘Einstein’ as a student, spent most of his life in a wheelchair, unable to speak or move after being diagnosed with ALS – or motor neurone disease – at the age of 21.

His breakthrough theory that radiation comes from black holes changed the way people understand the universe, as well as inspired many.

His rise to fame and his troubled love life were well documented in recent years, with the Hollywood film, The Theory of Everything.

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