Originally Posted by **wad** "forever"
Hawkins theorizes (not that his theory is reality) in Chapter 7 of "A Brief History of Time" that "eventually" the energy equivalent of mass in a BH will be returned to the universe in the form of radiation and that if the theory is correct the BH will "just disappear" taking with it any singularity that might be inside. |

That was an incomplete answer. I now see that you're really talking about this statement

Originally Posted by **Woody** However it is probably moot, since the actual black-hole will be forever hidden from the rest of the universe by the event-horizon. |

Hawking made that statement with the assumption that nothing falls into the black hole while its emitting Hawking radiation. That is not a true assumption in general. First of all there is the 3LK CMB radiation which enters the black hole. Then there is always interstellar material like the various gases that are in space which will also get pulled in. Then there other things like matter from an accretion disk, stellar collisions, etc. So one cannot say that a black hole will eventually evaporate as Hawking so blindly states.

And you ignored the part where he said

*if the theory is correct*. That theory came from quantum gravity which is not a well verified theory. In fact Hawking's theory has never been tested. However GR is well tested so asserting that Woody's statement is false is either out of context or just plain wrong.