The World Pays Tribute to Stephen Hawking

Brian Eno, Chris Hadfield, Katy Perry, Foo Fighters, Ryan Adams and more remember the fallen icon
The World Pays Tribute to Stephen Hawking
Esteemed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking died this morning at the age of 76. An official cause of death has not been announced, though his family said he passed "peacefully."

Hawking was diagnosed with an early-onset form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) when he was 21 — a condition that left him paralyzed.
 
Nevertheless, the British-born scientist gained worldwide recognition for his groundbreaking theories about black holes, and brought his complex work to the masses with his best-selling book A Brief History of Time (published in 1988).
 
Hawking's ability to bridge the gap between physics and pop culture was demonstrated with guest appearances on shows like Star TrekThe Big Bang Theory and The Simpsons. He was also the subject of the 2014 film The Theory of Everything; Eddie Redmayne received a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Hawking.
 
As such, it's hardly surprising that Redmayne is amongst the celebrities paying tribute to Hawking this morning. "We have lost a truly beautiful mind, an astonishing scientist and the funniest man I have ever had the pleasure to meet," the actor said in a statement. "My love and thoughts are with his extraordinary family."
 
Many others have taken to social media to praise the late great mind. See a selection of those homages below.