Groundbreaking physicist Stephen Hawking died Tuesday evening at the age of 76, according to a spokesman for his family.
Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, released a statement on his passing.
He wrote several books including “A Brief History of Time,” a popular introduction to his work into physics.
The groundbreaking scientist also became a pop culture icon with appearances on television shows including the Simpsons, Star Trek, Futurama and The Big Bang Theory.
“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,” his children concluded.