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Eddie Redmayne Spoke at Stephen Hawking’s Funeral

He read a passage from Ecclesiastes.

Eddie Redmayne, Leading Actor winner for The Theory of Everything, with Stephen HawkingEE BAFTA British Academy Film Awards, Royal Opera House, London, Britain - 08 Feb 2015

Eddie Redmayne and Stephen Hawking

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Stephen Hawking was officially laid to rest yesterday. Among the hundreds of mourners who paid their respects in Cambridge, England was Eddie Redmayne, who won an Academy Award for portraying Hawking in the 2014 biopic “The Theory of Everything.” The actor gave a reading from Ecclesiastes 3.1-11 during the ceremony.

Here’s the passage he read from in its entirety:

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.”

Hawking died at age 76 on March 14. Redmayne released a statement at the time saying that “we have lost a truly beautiful mind, an astonishing scientist and the funniest man I have ever had the pleasure to meet. My love and thoughts are with his extraordinary family.”

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