With great sadness we have to report that Apple’s visionary co-founder and ex-CEO, Steve Jobs has passed away:
Apple has put up a page with the following message:
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 Jobs’ family has issued 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 Steveâ€™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.
Tim Cook has sent the following email to employees:
Team, I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today. 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. We are planning a celebration of Steveâ€™s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email email@example.com. No words can adequately express our sadness at Steveâ€™s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much. TimÂ
US President Obama has issued the followingÂ statement:
Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators â€“ brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.
By building one of the planetâ€™s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.
The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steveâ€™s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steveâ€™s wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.
Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft:
Iâ€™m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobsâ€™ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work.
Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.
The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.
For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, itâ€™s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg
Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.
We have no words to describe how we are feeling at the loss, it’s a sad day for us. Our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and his colleagues. He will be missed.
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