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Funeral of Stephen Hawking

Family and friends of Professor Stephen Hawking attend his funeral at the University Church of St Mary the Great in the centre of Cambridge, England on March 31, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Parsons/i-Images via ZUMA Press)

Funeral of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking

The life of renowned physicist and author Stephen Hawking was celebrated Saturday in English city of Cambridge, with hundreds of well-wishers lining the streets for a glimpse of the hearse carrying his remains to a private funeral.

There was a spontaneous burst of applause outside St. Mary the Great church when the hearse arrived. The bells of the church tolled 76 times, one for each year of Hawking’s remarkable life.

Hawking was remembered as a brave man who triumphed over motor neurone disease by continuing his research into space and time even after paralysis set in and his muscles faded.

Some 500 invited guests attended the funeral for Hawking, who died on March 14. (AP)

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