Apple is reporting that Apple founder Steve Jobs passed away today at the age of 56.
Apple released this statement moments ago:
“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.”
Jobs had been fighting pancreatic cancer for several years which caused him to take several extended breaks from his position as CEO of Apple. He resigned from that post on Aug. 24, 2011 saying. “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.”
Jobs formed the technology giant company known as Apple in his parents’ Silicon Valley garage back in 1976. His legacy included the Apple II, Macintosh, iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad.
Some have even compared him to a present day Henry Ford because of contributions to the world of computers and technology.
Jobs also took over what was a floundering company known as Pixar and turned it into an Academy Award winning studio.
The Jobs family released this 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.”