Steve Jobs - Apple co-founder, dies aged 56

Posted by M ws On Thursday, October 6, 2011 2 comments
The mastermind behind an empire that has revolutionised computing, telephony and music, has died in California.

Steve Jobs, billionaire co-founder of Apple and the mastermind behind an empire of products that revolutionised computing, telephony and the music industry, has died in California at the age of 56.

Jobs stepped down in August as chief executive of the company he helped set up in 1976, citing illness. He had been battling an unusual form of pancreatic cancer, and had received a liver transplant in 2009.

Jobs wrote in his letter of resignation: "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."

Apple released a statement paying tribute to Jobs: "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."

Bill Gates, the former chief executive of Microsoft, said in a statement that he was "truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs's death".

He added: "The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.

"For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it's been an insanely great honour. I will miss Steve immensely."

He is survived by his wife, Laurene, and four children. In a statement his family said Jobs "died peacefully today surrounded by his family … We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief".

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My deepest condolences to the family, loved ones and friends of Steve Jobs. He will always be remembered.

2 comments to Steve Jobs - Apple co-founder, dies aged 56

  1. says:

    eugene I am sure that there could be only one Steve Jobs and probably Apple will have to work harder 1000 times more now that Jobs is gone cos competitor like Samsung will be in hot pursuit,, business is dog eats dog one,,,,,, the killing starts now.

  1. says:

    Antares What an amazing life, what an imagination, what dedication to design excellence... An apocryphal story has it that Steve Jobs and his colleagues wrote the prototype operating system for Macintosh computers while under the influence of LSD. It vindicates all dreamers, mavericks and acidheads that one of us made it to the very top of the corporate business game. Alas, undeniably sexy though Apple products may be, I decided to return to Windows simply because Apple stores in KL levy a minimum charge of RM100 just to diagnose a faulty product. And I still don't have a high opinion of iTunes, iPods and iPads.

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