‘The Big Bang Theory’ cast pay tribute to Stephen Hawking

Stars of US sitcom The Big Bang Theory have paid tribute to Stephen Hawking, who passed away today at the age of 76.

The renowned physicist, whose best-selling work included A Brief History of Time, died peacefully at his Cambridge home in the early hours of Wednesday (March 14).

Following the news, stars from the worlds of science, politics and popular culture have been paying respect to the icon.

Now, with Hawking making a number of appearances in the science-inspired show, The Big Bang Theory cast have paid tribute to the late professor.

Jim Parsons – who plays Sheldon Cooper – shared an on-set photo of the full cast with Hawking, captioning the post with a simple: “Thank you, Stephen Hawking.”

Thank you, Stephen Hawking. ❤️

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Co-stars Kaley Cuoco (Penny), Johnny Galecki (Dr. Leonard ), and Mayim Bialik (Amy) also paid tribute. Check out the posts below. 

It was truly such an honor getting to work with the incredible Stephen Hawking,” Kaley Cuoco said. “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.”

She added: “You will be missed but the world is grateful for the knowledge and courage you leave in your path. Thank you for being an inspiration to everyone.”

Galecki shared a different image, opting for the Hawking quote: “Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.”

“As we near Pi day (3.14) I join the global community in mourning the loss of the greatest physicist of our era,” said Bialik. “Stephen Hawking is free from the physical constraints of this earthly condition we all exist in and he is soaring above us now marveling at it all.

“Thank you Dr. Hawking for enlightening us and blessing us with your wisdom and courage.”