Today the world is mourning the loss of a creative genius, as Steve Jobs, the co-founder and former chief executive of Apple has died at the age of 56. The visionary behind products such as the Macintosh, iPod and iPhone had been suffering with pancreatic cancer and had only stepped down as CEO six weeks earlier.
Jobs had said in his resignation letter that, “I believe Apple's brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role." He also said he would continue to work with Apple in role of Chairman.
Apple has since released the following statement:
"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."
The company has said it is planning a celebration of Steve’s life. Apple CEO, Tim Cook who took over from Jobs said that Steve’s spirit will live on forever at Apple.
Tributes have been pouring in from around the world with Microsoft’s Bill Gates saying that Jobs had a “profound impact” on the world and added "For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it's been an insanely great honour. I will miss Steve immensely."
President Barack Obama said, “Steve was among the greatest of American innovators - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.”
Jobs founded Apple with friend Steve Wozniak in 1976 and released the first Apple computer in the same year. He left Apple in 1985 following disputes within the company. But he returned to Apple in 1996 with the mind-set of transforming the company’s fortunes. Apple has since gone on to develop innovative products like the iPod and iPhone, which have sold in their millions around the world. It is now the world’s richest technology company with only oil company Exxon Mobil being worth more.
Jobs had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2003 and had taken three periods of sick leave before resigning as CEO in August 2011.
His family said in a statement, "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."
Published on Thursday 06 October 2011 @ 12:22:19 by ADMIN
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