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Steve Jobs Dies at 56

5 Oct, 2011 By: Chris Tribbey

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, died Oct. 5 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, Apple announced. He was 56.

“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being,” the company said in a statement on its website. “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 co-founded Apple in 1976 and came back as CEO in 1997. Under his reign Apple launched the iMac, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, and the iPad. As of 2010 the company was posting annual profits of more than $65 billion.

In 2004 Jobs announced he was suffering from pancreatic cancer, and in 2009 he underwent a liver transplant.

In August he announced his resignation as Apple’s CEO. Company COO Tim Cook was named his successor, while Jobs was appointed chairman of Apple's board of directors.

“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 wrote in a letter to Apple’s board of directors in August. “I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the board sees fit, as chairman of the board, director and Apple employee.”

Jobs, at one point, also served as CEO of Pixar Animation Studios, and was a board member of The Walt Disney Company after the studio acquired Pixar.

As condolances pour in from around the world and tech community, Google paid a poignant tribute. On its home page underneath the ubiquitous search bar it simply says: Steve Jobs, 1955 - 2011.

Apple said people may share thoughts, memories and condolences via rememberingsteve@apple.com.

About the Author: Chris Tribbey

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