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A Snapchat Filter Honoring Stephen Hawking Is How Some People Are Finding Out About His Death

By Jonna Ivin-Patton

Stephen Hawking the beloved theoretical physicist died peacefully in his home in Cambridge, England early Wednesday morning at the age of 76.  He was known around the world for his breakthroughs in the study of black holes and relativity. Hawking was also the bestselling author of A Brief History of Time.

These are remarkable achievements for anyone but even more profound meaning given at the age of 22 Prof. Hawking was told he would only live a couple of years after being diagnosed with a rare motor neuron disease.

So imagine the shock when people discovered his passing via Snapchat? The app offered a RIP Stephan Hawking filter to it's users. It isn't going over well.