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We tragically regret to inform you that Professor Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76.

Stephen Hawking was a world-renowned scientist who has shown us the complex yet entirely invaluable insights of space and time as well as the indescribable theoretic’s in physics.

Stephen Hawking’s family released a statement in the early hours of the day Wednesday morning. The statement confirmed his death at his home in Cambridge.

“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,” Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert, and Tim released in their statement.

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“His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humor 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.”

In light of his death, we wanted to share this important message Hawking tried to pass on about suffering from depression.

Hawking revealed a stunning message that he offered to those who are suffering from depression, using black holes as analogies of depression, as if neither one of them seems like they are ever going to let you escape from the depths of the darkest feelings and possibilities.

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As Hawking states: “The message of this lecture is that black holes ain’t as black as they are painted.

They are not the eternal prisons they were once though…things can get out of a black hole both on the outside and possibly to another universe.

So if you feel you are in a black hole, don’t give up – there’s a way out.”

He had just turned the age of 74, living with a motor neuron disease for 53 of those years, had given a speech in front of a crowd of over 400 people that had been apart of the Reith lecture held within the Royal Institute in London.

Hawking’s daughter, Lucy in the crowd of the audience, had noted about his incredible mental fitness – meaning both intellectually as well as emotionally.

She claims: “He has a very enviable wish to keep going and the ability to summon all his reserves, all his energy, all his mental focus and press them all into that goal of keeping going. 

But not just to keep going for the purposes of survival but to transcend this by producing extraordinary work – writing books, giving lectures, inspiring other people with neurodegenerative and other disabilities.”

Rest in peace Stephen. You will be missed!

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