Is Stephen Hawking dead? Many death hoaxes about the British physicist emerged online which has now resurfaced after news about his being hospitalized in Rome broke the internet. Despite reports, Stephen Hawking is alive and is doing well.

Recently, the cosmologist underwent a series of tests and was confined in Agostino Gemelli Teaching Hospital in Rome. According to a spokesman, he was brought to the hospital since he wasn't feeling well.

Hawking spent two days in the hospital as a precaution, Telegraph reported. But he wasn't in a serious condition and even attended the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and met Pope Francis.

Said hospital, where Hawking was admitted, is considered one of Rome's best hospitals. It is also where Popes are being checked and treated, UPI reported.

The 74-year-old genius suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis which also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. This results into the death of motor neurons in voluntary muscles leading to paralysis. Because of this, Hawking is on a wheel chair for 50 years.

He was diagnosed with ALS in 1963 and doctors said he will only have about two years to live. But he lived 50 more years, defying the odds of the disease. Hawking was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 21, which is earlier than usual.

The disease has no cure which affects one's ability to walk, swallow, speak, and breathe. But Hawking wasn't hindered by his disease and he became one of the world's most eminent scholars in theoretical physics and cosmology.

Back in 2014, news about Hawking's death also emerged after a Facebook page 'R.I.P. Stephen Hawking' attracted millions. It claimed that the scientist died on January 28, 2014. Many expressed their condolences while others knew the Facebook page is a hoax.

Apparently, the Stephen Hawking dead news is mere hoax. It appears that Hawking, who uses a computer to talk, still have a lot of knowledge to share to the world as he continues different studies including about obesity.