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Steve Jobs Apple co founder dies at 56

October 6, 2011
1  President Obama leads tributes which flooded the web within minutes of his death being confirmed.
2  Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg praises his ‘mentor and friend’.
3  Family thanks ‘the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness’.
4  ‘We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today,’ Apple’s board of directors say in statement.
5  Had battled pancreatic cancer for eight years.
6  Death came six weeks after he stepped down as Apple CEO and just one day after the launch of the new generation iPhone.

President Obama said: ‘there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.’

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said: ‘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.’

The Apple Home page after it was revealed that Jobs had died.

‘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.

The homepage of Apple’s website switched to a full-page image of Jobs with the text, ‘Steve Jobs 1955-2011.’Clicking on the image revealed the additional text: ‘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.’

Jobs leaves a wife, a son and two daughters.His relatives also released a statement, which said he ‘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.’

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the news of Jobs’s death to Apple employees via e-mail, in which he said: ‘I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today.

”Death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new” Steve Jobs 2005

‘We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon.

‘No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honour his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.’

Within minutes of his death being confirmed, tributes to Jobs began flooding the web, led by President Barack Obama, who tweeted: ‘Rest in peace, Steve Jobs. From all of us at #Obama2012, thank you for the work you make possible every day – including ours.’

Steve Jobs is helped into a car by a friend
outside his home in California on August 26.

Apple announced the death of its founder on its website.

Mr Obama later gave a fuller statement, in which he praised Jobs as a ‘visionary’ who was ‘bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it’.

‘The world has lost a visionary,’ he said. ‘And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’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 Steve’s wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.’

He added: ‘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.’

Image Gallery

Steve Jobs unveils the Apple I-Mac on May 18, 1998 in California.

A young Steve Jobs with the Apple II computer in 1977 (left) and in 1994.
Jobs poses with an Apple Macintosh at the new computer’s unveiling in 1984.


Apolline Arnaud, 12, a neighbour of Steve Jobs, writes a message in front of his home in Palo Alto, California.

Fans place flowers on a makeshift shrine at Apple headquarters in California.

Brandy Faulkner, a neighbour, leaves flowers outside Jobs’s home in Palo Alto, California.

An Apple employee lights an apple-shaped candle for the late Steve Jobs outside an Apple Store in Santa Monica, California.

A apple with the word ‘bye’ carved into it sits outside an Apple store in Pasadena, California.

A message painted outside Apple’s flagship store on New York’s 5th Avenue.

A message is displayed on the window of an Apple store in Santa Monica, California.

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