October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs dies at 56

by Kerry Butters

Founder and former CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs has died at the age of 56.

The Apple website today displays a full-page picture of Jobs alongside 1955-2011.

Upon clicking on the picture, the following statement can be read:“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being.”

“Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor.”

Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”

Jobs had suffered with health problems for a number of years following a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in 2003.

He stepped down as CEO in August as his illness meant that he was no longer able to give his best to the company.

Jobs famously co-founded Apple in 1976 with Stephen Wozniak in the Jobs family garage, and went on to manufacture some of the first personal computers, the Apple II series.

He also co-founded Pixar studios in 1985 during a spell out of Apple, which he sold to The Walt Disney Company in 2006, although he retained a seat on the board.

In 1996 he returned to Apple as an advisor before going on to be the brains behind the iPhone, iPod and iPad.

He died “peacefully” surrounded by wife Laurene and his family, who said: “In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family.”

“We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories.”

“We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief.”

Sympathy and rememberance have been pouring in from technology firms and celebrities from around the world.

“For those of us lucky enough to get to work with Steve, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely,” Bill Gates said.

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