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Stars around the world paid tribute to Stephen Hawking, the world’s foremost theoretical physicist, who died on Wednesday at age 76.

Eddie Redmayne, who won an Oscar portraying a young Hawking in the 2014 movie The Theory of Everything, expressed his condolences.

“We have lost a truly beautiful mind, an astonishing scientist and the funniest man I have ever had the pleasure to meet,” Redmayne said in a statement to USA TODAY. “My love and thoughts are with his extraordinary family.”

The Big Bang Theory cast paid tribute to Hawking, who guest starred on a 2012 episode. Titled The Hawking Excitation, the episode featured Sheldon (Jim Parsons) yearning to finally meet his ultimate hero.

“In loving memory of Stephen Hawking. It was an honor to have him on The #BigBangTheory. Thank you for inspiring us and the world,” the show’s tweet said.

Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco posted a picture from the episode on her Instagram account. She thanked Hawking for his life’s work. 

“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.”

Singer Katy Perry pointed out that the passing came just before Pi Day 2018 or 3/14.

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeted a picture of himself with Hawking and his own tribute:

“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. Stephen Hawking, RIP 1942-2018.”

Comic-actor Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley, The Big Sick) urged fans to pick up a copy of Hawking’s 1988 best-selling book on popular science which covered Big Bang to black holes.

“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.”

Actress Mira Sorvino paid respects to A Brief History of Time as well.

Actress Elizabeth Banks asked Hawking to “watch over us” from another dimension.

Journalist and activist Maria Shriver tweeted: “A new star is in the heavens tonight. Rest in peace, Stephen Hawking. Your advice and wisdom live on.” 

The Simpsons producer Matt Selman called out the show’s “most intelligent guest star in the brief history” of the show — which has run for a record 29 years. Selman added a shot of Hawking talking to Homer in the episode.

In the 1999 episode, Hawking said to Homer, “Your theory of a doughnut shaped universe is intriguing Homer, I may have to steal it.”

Actor Stephen Merchant, a one-time Big Bang Theory guest star, brought the most classic British tribute.

He tweeted: “Once had privilege of meeting genius Stephen Hawking. We had so much in common. Same first name. Both been in The Big Bang Theory. So much.” 

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