By Hayden Wright
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 one of the world’s most recognizable scientists and the foremost icon in his field.
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.”
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 Hawking below.
there’s a big black hole in my heart hours before Pi day. Rest In Peace @Steven_Hawking... See you in the next ❤️—
KATY PERRY (@katyperry) March 14, 2018
Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) March 14, 2018
Lauren Jauregui (@LaurenJauregui) March 14, 2018
Stephen Hawking, Brian Eno, Brian May, Brian Cox, Neil deGrasse Tyson and others, Tenerife, Canary Islands, June 2… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…—
Brian Eno (@dark_shark) March 14, 2018
"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge" RIP Stephen Hawking—
Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) March 14, 2018
Sad to hear of Stephen Hawking’s passing but extremely grateful for his contributions. He was a first-rate example… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…—
(@Nickelback) March 14, 2018
YOU KNEW THIS UNIVERSE BETTER THAN THE REST OF US...AND NOW YOU PLAY IN SOME FAR AWAY PART OF IT. YOU CHANGED THE… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…—
Steven Tyler (@IamStevenT) March 14, 2018
The Big Bang Theory (@bigbangtheory) March 14, 2018