The streets of Cambridge, England, were littered with thousands of people who gathered in commemoration of the late physicist, Stephen Hawking, who passed away earlier this year. Stephen died on the 14th of March at the age of 76, after a long battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS.
Hawking spent a majority of his life as a researcher at the University of Cambridge, where he conducted studies and gave lectures for most of his career.
As it was previously reported, Hawking is a rare case in the battle with ALS, as most sufferers of the disease die within a few years of diagnosis.
The actor, Eddie Redmayne – who portrayed Hawking in the film, The Theory Of Everything – made an appearance at his funeral as well. Eddie took home the award for Best Actor at the Academy Awards back in 2014 for his characterization of the late physicist.
Moreover, Eddie was one of the first celebrities to take to Twitter and publicly mourn the loss of Hawking. Redmayne stated, on the news of Stephen’s passing, that we lost a truly magnificent mind.
Some fans criticized the choice of Stephen’s family to hold a funeral, considering Hawking was a devout atheist. However, they explained that the ritual was so fans could pay their respect after his death.
Some of the other key figures at the event included Elon Musk, Barbara Broccoli, Alan Bennett, Dara O’Brian, and Lily Cole.
In a statement released to The Telegraph, Hawking’s children wrote their words of gratitude for all of the fans’ support in such a challenging time. Stephen was not only a physicist, but a cultural icon mentioned and referenced in multiple TV shows, movies, and books.