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Stephen Hawking Reveals His Closest Brush with Death

Stephen Hawking Reveals His Closest Brush with Death

Doctors offered to turn off Stephen Hawking's life support machine in 1985, the British cosmologist revealed in a new documentary to be released along with his memoirs this fall. 

Doctors offered to turn off Stephen Hawking’s life support machine in 1985, the British cosmologist revealed in a new documentary to be released along with his memoirs this fall. 


Hawking at the time was suffering from a bout of pneumonia, but his wife kept him on life support. 

“Because every day could be my last,” Hawking says, “I have a desire to make the most of every single minute.” Hawking has lived for 50 years with motor neurone disease.

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