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Artists React To The Death Of Stephen Hawking

By: Hayden Wright

March 14, 2018

Last night, a Stephen Hawking family spokesman confirmed that the legendary physicist had died. He was 76.

His bestselling books (including A Brief History Of Time) set him apart as the world’s most recognizable scientist and the foremost icon of his field. Personally, Hawking’s battle with motor neurone disease was regarded as a human triumph that inspired films, including The Theory Of Everything.

Hawking’s work also inspired art and music throughout his lifetime. His distinctive electronic voice appeared on a Pink Floyd record and he guest-starred on episodes of The Simpsons. As the news broke overnight, musicians, and artists reacted with tributes to Hawking’s wit, wisdom and determination in the face of adversity.

Nile Rodgers (who had met Hawking) called the professor a “genius” and wrote, “Condolences to your family who are super cool. Hanging with you was one of the greatest honors in my life. Your sense of humor was amazing even though I had to wait for the punch lines.”

Foo Fighters, Katy Perry, Lauren Jauregui, and the cast of The Big Bang Theory (on which he also appeared) sent condolences as well.

See the tributes to Professor Stephen Hawking here: