Stephen Hawking, Jane Wilde Hawking and family attend the British Academy Film Awards at The Royal Opera House on Feb. 8, 2015 in London.
Stephen Hawking was absolutely the LAST person I expected to show up in my living room following his death today, March 13, 2018 at age 76 from complications of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). While it is not uncommon for the dead to show up to chat with me shortly after I learn of their passing, most of the time it is people I knew personally or at least am connected in some way to the friends and family of the recently deceased. That is why it always blows me away when dead celebrities show up. Not every late celebrity contacts me and of those that do, only a few give their permission to publicly talk about it. Hawking gave his permission, so here goes.
Not quite believing what I was seeing when Hawking showed up in his famed wheelchair complete with synthesized computer voice, I told him flatly, “I don’t believe you are here. I don’t agree with your science.” His response via “The Computer” was “That is irrelevant.”
Fine, I asked him what he was about since he had long and publicly made it clear he had no believe in any kind of afterlife and called such beliefs “a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.” He replied, “I did not expect this.” No I imagine he didn’t.
Since the dead never show up without some reason I asked if there was anyone he wanted to pass a message on to. He replied, “Tell Jane she was right.” Jane Hawking was his first wife. They divorced in 1990 but regained a relationship on good terms after he divorced his second wife a little over a decade ago.
I had the impression Hawking expected his ex to find that comment both laughter and tear inducing.
When I asked if he had anything else to say, he simply turned his wheelchair around and rolled away beyond where I could see. I repeated the question to his retreating back and only got a curt “no” before he faded from sight.
I think Hawking probably showed up in a form I would recognize him in. In my experience the dead can show up in any form they please, but normally choose one that will be most easily understood by those they visit.
I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried. On the off-chance Jane Hawking ever sees this post, message delivered. I wish Stephen Hawking all the best on his new adventures, wherever they may lead.
Lynne Sutherland Olson
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