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Nobel Prize-winning physicist Stephen Hawking died at the age of 76.

He died at his home in Cambridge, England. A family spokesman announced the death in a statement to news media.

“We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today,” a family statement said. “He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.”

Hawking awed the world with an unmatched ability to make science understandable and fascinating to broad audiences.

He remains one of the best-selling science authors of all time. His first book, A Brief History of Time, has sold nearly 10 million copies.