Why Do People Think Stephen Hawking Has Died?

Why Do People Think Stephen Hawking Has Died?

False reports of physicist Stephen Hawking's death circulated in 2014 as the result of an Internet hoax. A Facebook page titled "RIP Stephen Hawking" quickly gained over 1 million likes.

Hawking suffers from a slowly progressive form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The life-threatening illness, which first appeared during his student years, has gradually deprived Hawking of most of his motor functions, including the ability to talk. He communicates by using a single cheek muscle to activate a speech-generating device. His tenacity in the face of infirmity has made Hawking a role model for the rights of the disabled.