Steve Jobs (56), co-founder Apple Inc, has died … reps for the company have confirmed. In 2004, Jobs announced he had a rare/treatable form of pancreatic cancer and had a tumor successfully removed from his pancreas later that year. Jobs is survived by his wife, Laurene, and 4 children.
Apple has released the following 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:) Thank you for being the brains behind alot of cool products. You will be missed! XoXo, Jenn
[UPDATE] Steve Jobs family released the following statement:
“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.”
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