“The news hit me in the gut. I couldn’t believe I was seeing those few numbers, communicating his passing, beneath his photo: 1955-2011. Steve Jobs has, literally, changed the world. I’m typing this on my Mac, will check my emails and Twitter status on my iPad, and will stay in touch with everyone I love through my iPhone.” …Ryan Bomberger
Steve Jobs — the visionary and entrepreneur who co-founded Apple — one of the world’s most influential and impactful companies — has died at the age of 56 after a seven-year battle with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. In 2009 Jobs also underwent a liver transplant. He only took three leaves of absence since 2004, when his cancer was first announced, and stepped down as CEO in August, 2011.
Jobs’ family released 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 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.
And incoming Apple CEO Tim Cook sent the following email to all Apple employees upon learning of Jobs’ death:
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.
h/t to the Blaze