According to a press release issued by Apple's Board, Steve Jobs has passed away. He was 56 years old.
Jobs co-founded the computer, media and electronics giant with Steve Wozniak in 1976 but left eight years later, returning in 1996 to reinvigorate Apple and bring about a string of successful innovations, including the iMac personal computer, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. His health a matter of public concern for years, Jobs underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer in 2004. After leaves of absence for medical reasons in 2009 — during which he received a liver transplant — and earlier this year, Jobs officially resigned on August 24, stating in a letter at the time that he could “no longer meet [his] duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO.”
Following the news of his death, the Apple homepage read:
Steve Jobs 1955-2011
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.
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Statement by Apple’s Board of Directors via TechCrunch.
CUPERTINO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.
Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.
His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.