So let's take a moment to appreciate the true genius he was and some of the accomplishments he made throughout his life.
Spiner, of course, was wrong about what came after.
The eldest of four children, Prof Hawking was born on January 8 1942 in Oxford, 300 years after the death of Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei.
When did Stephen Hawking die? But it steadily became apparent that, unlike other forms of the disease, the severe prognosis proved increasingly inaccurate.
The best-selling author of A Brief History of Time (1988) led a remarkable life that saw him living with early onset amyotrophic lateral sclerosis for half a century, a motor neurone condition that paralysed his body but only encouraged his hunger for knowledge about the wider mysteries of the universe. Hawking eventually rose to the Lucasian Chair of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, a position that Isaac Newton once held. This is the equivalent of that.
"So remember, look at the stars and not at your feet." - at the Sydney Opera House in 2015. - Interview in The Guardian, May 2011. This might sound implausible to most people, but I can certainly identify with his sentiment.
In a daily press briefing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang called Hawking a "fighter for science who arduously battled illness for a long time". Hawking later tried to figure out how black holes preserve information, making notable progress in a 2016 study in Physical Review Letters. But we can understand the Universe.
Another seminal work of Hawking's concerns the areas of black holes.
Writing a book was the only way he had of raising those funds.
When I heard he passed away at 76 years old, I was at once amazed and saddened, but I still focused on what's important: he will be remembered as a brilliant mind who transformed what we know about the natural world. "I didn't feel like asking for more details, because they were obviously bad". So, I immediately said, I'll take that bet. "It is complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all".
"I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years", he said.
Professor Stephen Hawking and Benedict Cumberbatch in 2015. "He was an inspiration for overcoming our challenges, to keep going, to always be kind to the people around us".
"The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race", he said in a 2014 interview with the BBC. It is not enough for me to wear dark sunglasses and a wig. Einstein's general relativity seemed to predict its own demise. Yes, Hawking was a very big deal indeed. The extraterrestrials would probably be far in advance of us.
Today, disabled people are more than twice as likely to be unemployed than people without disability.
Professor Wiltshire credited Hawking as the "most courageous person I have known" with an "uncanny ability" to defy expectation in science and life generally.
Hawking is very much a part of popular culture.