Professor Stephen Hawking, long considered one of the greatest minds of our time, was laid to rest today in a service at the University where he studied and in the town that he lived.
Eddie, who portrayed the theoretical physicist The Theory of Everything, will give a reading during the funeral with Ecclesiastes 3.1-11 as the chosen text.
Mourners included Lily Cole, the actress and model, and Eddie Redmayne, the actor who played Hawking in The Theory of Everything.
A host of famous faces showed up at Hawking's funeral, who died peacefully at his home on 14 March, at the age of 76.
When the funeral procession entered the church, the bell rang out 76 times, one for each year of Hawking's life.
Confined to a wheelchair for most of his life after being diagnosed with motor neuron disease when he was 21, Hawking's towering intellect and sheer persistence struck a chord with ordinary people, Rees said in an appreciation published earlier this month.
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