London - "His flagship Beeb programme The Sky's A Fright will never be the same," the former Lucasian Professor of String Vest Theory said today as news of Moore's death was announced.
The 89 year-old astronomer and broadcaster 'went supernova' at lunchtime today following a lifetime of stargazing waffle at UK TV licence payer expense.
Speaking from his Cambridge home Prof Hawking recalled many happy daze spent with the nation's godfather of skywatch punditry.
This included collaboration with him on classic TV shows such as Hitchhikers Guide To The New & Used Ford Galaxy and the iconic cold war space whodunnit Red Dwarf.
Apparently Moore left strict instructions for a cremation and burial in space with his ashes scattered outside the International Space Station.
As executor of his last will and testament if befalls to Hawking to press the remote control button that will eject the half tonne of Sir Patrick's ashes.
A trailer hitched to the back of the next Russian space shuttle to visit the ISS will take Moore's cremated remains for dispersal.
Expect a live podcast of the event around April 1st next year.