Very sad day - I read his 1966 paper on Black Holes, his first big prize winner, when I was an undergraduate in the 70s and contemplating doing a PhD in Cosmology.
Ironically I lived in Cambridge the year before I read his paper and saw him most days - sadly I never had the courage to go and say hello.
Going to be hugely missed - not only for his science but his humour and humanity.
Here are a couple of favourite things:
Big Bang Theory clip:
This piece was written by a friend of mine, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, a British composer who's star is definitely on the rise - one of her works was performed at the Proms last year. This piece was written as a commission for Stephen Hawking's 75th birthday. It was first performed for him at his birthday celebration in Gonville and Caius College Cambridge. Cheryl was so happy to have the chance to meet him. She was also a student at the college.