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I was sad to hear about the death of world-renowned physicists and author Stephen Hawking.

Whenever I saw, heard, or read anything that this man was involved with, it always made me feel lazy. He was an amazing man, an incredible thinker, and an inspirational soul that should be honored for all-time.

He lead a fascinating life and will be truly missed. Learn more about Stephen Hawking and reactions of his passing.

He may have only lived for a brief history of time, but he will be remember forever.

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Stephen Hawking dies at 76
Stephen Hawking, one of the world's best-known physicists and the author of a A Brief History of Time, has died, a family spokesman confirmed Tuesday night. He was 76.

"We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today," read a statement from Hawking's children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, according to the Guardian. "He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. 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 for ever."

Hawking was born in Oxford, England on January 8, 1942 -- the 300th anniversary of the death of Galileo Galilei, the Italian astronomer and physicist.

In his early 20s, Hawking was diagnosed with ALS. But his form of the neurodegenerative disease was a rare one that progressed slowly as he pursued his PhD in physics at Cambridge University.

As his physical condition deteriorated, he became paralyzed and had to communicate through a computer-based communication device that became one of the astrophysicists's most famous characteristics.

Hawking's expertise in astrophysics and cosmology was brought to the general public in 1988 with the publication of A Brief History of Time. Using mostly non-technical terms to explain ta wide range of heady topics, including the Big Bang Theory and black holes, Hawking's book became an international bestseller, selling more than 10 million copies in 35 languages.

"He agreed that that book, Brief History of Time, was probably the least-read, most-bought book ever," said Leonard Mlodinow, a physicist and science writer at the California Institute of Technology, according to NPR. Mlodinow worked on a shorter version of the book, appropriately titled, A Briefer History of Time.

The book brought Hawking worldwide fame and he became a scientist pop star, giving interviews to mainstream news outlets and appearing in cameos on The Simpsons. And even as his ALS continued to deteriorate his physical condition, he continued to give lectures through his computer-based communication device.

"I write the lecture beforehand then save it to disk," Hawking said on a section of his website where he describes his communication device. "I can then use a part of the ACAT software called Lecture Manager to send it to the speech synthesiser a paragraph at a time. It works quite well and I can try out the lecture and polish it before I give it."

Hawking's physical condition did not hinder him from living a full life. In addition to achieving pop star status through his work, The New York Times pointed out he visited every continent, married twice, fathered three children and continued to speak out on a wide range of issues, including climate change and the

"I want to show that people need not be limited by physical handicaps as long as they are not disabled in spirit," Hawking said in 2007, shortly after taking a zero gravity ride aboard a special Boeing 727-200.

"His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake. But it's not empty. Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure," tweeted Neil deGrasse Tyson.


Stars mourn Stephen Hawking: 'Thank you for inspiring us'
Celebrities such as Eddie Redmayne and the cast of The Big Bang Theory have shared their thoughts on the death of theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking.

Hawking died Tuesday at the age of 76 a family spokesman confirmed. The author of A Brief History of Time, suffered from ALS that he was diagnosed with in his 20s.

"We have lost a truly beautiful mind, an astonishing scientist and the funniest man I have ever had the pleasure to meet. My love and thoughts are with his extraordinary family," Redmayne, who portrayed Hawking in 2014 drama The Theory of Everything said in a statement to Deadline.

Hawking has previously praised Redmayne's performance stating, "I thought Eddie Redmayne portrayed me very well in The Theory of Everything movie. He spent time with ALS sufferers so he could be authentic. At times, I thought he was me."

"In loving memory of Stephen Hawking. It was an honor to have him on The Big Bang Theory. Thank you for inspiring us and the world," said the official Instagram account of the CBS comedy alongside a photo of Hawking next to stars Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons, Melissa Rauch, Simon Helberg, Mayim Bialik and Kunal Nayyar. Hawking had previously guest-starred on the show.

"It was truly such an honor getting to work with the incredible Stephen Hawking.. He made us laugh and we made him laugh. His life and career workings have been many a subject matter on @thebigbangtheory__ and we are all better for it. You will be missed but the world is grateful for the knowledge and courage you leave in your path. Thank you for being an inspiration to everyone," Cuoco said on her personal Instagram account.

"RIP Stephen Hawking. Genuinely very sad to hear that. If you haven't, read A Brief History of Time. It'll make the world feel more amazing and beautiful and strange. It'll also make you feel smart and stupid all at once," said comedy and actor Kumail Nanjiani on Twitter.

"I am very saddened to hear of Stephen Hawking's passing. His book was an enormous influence on me in college and meeting and getting to talk with him was one of the great thrills of my life. You are shining in the heavens you so loved now!" actress Mira Sorvino said on Twitter.


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Which action film icon performed a 100-pound weighted pull-up at age 71?


Selma Blair says she was joking about Cameron Diaz retiring
Selma Blair says she was joking about The Sweetest Thing co-star Cameron Diaz retiring from acting.

The 45-year-old actress clarified her remarks in a tweet Monday after saying in a new interview that Diaz, also 45, has quit acting.

"BREAKING NEWS. Guys please, I was making a joke in an interview. CAMERON DIAZ is NOT retiring from ANYTHING," she wrote. "And for more breaking news: I am NOW retiring from being Cameron Diaz's spokesperson."

Blair further addressed the incident in responses to fans, including one who joked about her racking up "column inches" during her short "stint" as Diaz's spokesperson.

"Oh dear. I didn't know anyone really listened to what I said until i mention a super star," the actress said.

Blair had discussed Diaz in an interview with Metro published Sunday. The pair played Jane Burns and Christina Walters in The Sweetest Thing, which opened in theaters in 2002.

"I had lunch with Cameron the other day. We were reminiscing about the film," Blair said. "I would have liked to do a sequel but Cameron's retired from acting. She's like, 'I'm done.'"

"I mean, she doesn't need to make any more films," she added. "She has a pretty great life, I don't know what it would take to bring her back. She's happy."

Diaz last starred in a 2014 adaptation of the musical Annie.


Oprah Winfrey makes James Corden cry on 'Late Late Show'
Oprah Winfrey brought tears to James Corden's eyes Monday on The Late Late Show as the media mogul stopped by with her A Wrinkle in Time castmates Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling.

"My worry when I woke up this morning was I don't know if I can make it through this interview without crying, because you seem to have an unbelieveable gift. Even now I can feel myself tearing up," Corden said to Winfrey.

Witherspoon chimed in and said she began to cry during an appearance on Winfrey's talk show in 2005 during a simple conversation about books.

Corden challenged Winfrey to make him cry which led the 64-year-old to place her hand on the late night host's shoulder and look into his eyes as she discussed his three children. "Charlotte, Carey, Max -- once on my show a father said, 'Every father has a dream for his children,'" Winfrey said. "And his deepest regret in life will be if he doesn't fulfill that dream for his children."

"Who are you?! You have to stop! You just can't roll out people's children's names like that," Corden said as he wiped away tears.

Winfrey, in February, made headlines for bringing comedian Tiffany Haddish to tears after the pair met on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.


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Which action film icon performed a 100-pound weighted pull-up at age 71?

Sylvester Stallone has posted a video on Instagram of himself performing a 100-pound weighted pull-up at the age of 71.

"Another easy workout! You're only as old as you and your joints feel! LOL," the actor said alongside the clip of himself performing the impressive feat at a gym.

Stallone, who has continued to stay in great shape throughout his career, will next be featured in boxing sequel Creed 2 which is a part of the star's Rocky franchise.

Stallone will be reprising his role as Rocky Balboa in the film alongside Michael B. Jordan, who portrays the son of Rocky series regular Apollo Creed. The first entry followed Jordan as he became a boxer trained by Stallone.

Stallone was replaced as director of the project by filmmaker Steven Caple Jr. in December. The film is set to arrive in theaters on Nov. 21.

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