Apple made a startling announcement today that its co-founder and CEO of more than thirty years, Steve Jobs, passed away today from pancreatic cancer at the age of 56. Jobs was the leading visionary force behind some of the most innovative technological concepts to come out of any company in recent history. The effects of his illness were evident in Jobs’s last several appearances, including at his public resignation as the CEO of Apple and at the unveiling of the iPad 2. Jobs was notably absent from the release of the iPhone 4.
Apple’s website has emerged as a humble tribute to Jobs:
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.
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