The renowned physicist, Stephen Hawking, has died, according to his family in a statement. He was 76 years old and passed away at his home late Tuesday night in Cambridge, England.
Hawking's children Lucy, Robert, and Tim have issued a statement about their father:
"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."
This is a developing story and will be updated when more information is provided.
Please keep his family in your prayers!