Global tributes pour in for Stephen Hawking, who died at 76

Scientists, politicians, celebrities and world leaders pay their respects.

"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."

The celebrated English physicist had attained almost a cult-like status in recent years. He wrote the bestselling book “A Brief History of Time” and appeared on hit TV programs like “The Simpsons” and “The Big Bang Theory,” while his life was the subject of multiple films including the Oscar-winning 2014 drama-romance “The Theory of Everything.”

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

“The Big Bang Theory” cast also tweeted out a photo with Hawking, thanking him for "inspiring us and the world."

Stars who paid tribute to Hawking on Twitter include Steven Tyler, Sharon Stone and Katy Perry.