Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs has died in California Wednesday (October 5, 2011) after his valiant public battle against pancreatic cancer. Jobs was 56 years-old.
He was diagnosed back in 2003, and recieved a liver transplant in 2009. He stepped down in August and turned over his position to Timothy D. Cook
Apple Inc. released this statement:
“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.”
Steve Jobs’ family today made the following statement regarding his death:
Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family.
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.
Jobs is survived by his wife, Laurene Powell Jobs, and 4 children.
Steve Jobs -- visionary and innovator -- RIP
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