Apple Chairman, former CEO, and tech visionary, Steve Jobs died at the age of 56 from complications associated with his long battle of pancreatic cancer. Steve had taken a leave from Apple and a break from his duties as CEO in order to receive a liver transplant.
Steve returned several months later and introduced the iPad 2, and hosted his last WWDC conference as CEO. Following Job’s death late Wednesday evening, Apple went on to post a message to the main splash page and wrote:
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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Steve’s family also posted a message thanking many for the support and the condolences that they received.
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.
Steve Jobs, after a long 14 year run at Apple, following his return in 1997, successfully introduced revolutionary products such as the iPod, iPhone, and iPad as well as a number of Macbook and Mac models. Current Apple CEO Tim Cook will continue Apple’s extraordinary products and services, with the help of Phil Schiller and Scott Forstall.
Steve’s legacy lives on in Apple and all of its products, and he will never be forgotten. Steve leaves behind his wife, Laurene Powell, their 3 children, as well as a fourth child from Steve’s previous relationship.