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Eddie Redmayne, Hollywood stars remember Stephen Hawking

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

Hollywood stars such as Eddie Redmayne, and have condoled the death of famed British theoretical

Hawking, who simplified and popularised complex theories for public through his best-selling book 'A Brief History of Time', died on Tuesday night at the age of 76.

Redmayne, who won an for his portrayal of the scientist, remembered as the "funniest" man he ever met.

"We have lost a truly beautiful mind, an astonishing and the funniest man I have ever had the pleasure to meet. My love and thoughts are with his extraordinary family," told in a statement

Cumberbatch, who also played the in a TV film, said, "I was so sad to hear that Stephen has died. I send my heartfelt love and condolences to all his family and colleagues. I feel so lucky to have known such a truly great man who's profundity was found both in his work and the communication of that work. Both in person and in books."

Diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at age 21, in 1963, went on to win numerous awards for his research in the field of theoretical physics.

"RIP Genuinely very sad to hear that. If you haven't, read It'll make the world feel more amazing and beautiful and strange. It'll also make you feel smart and stupid all at once," wrote

"The Big Bang Theory", a show that featured the scientist, also posted a picture of Hawking with the star cast.

"In loving memory of It was an honor to have him on The #BigBangTheory. Thank you for inspiring us and the world," the show's handle tweeted.

wrote, "There is a big black hole in my heart hours before Pi day. Rest in Peace.

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 19:11 IST