Steve Jobs Passes Away at 56; Family, Apple & Bill Gates’ Statements


By Michael Lewittes



Steve Jobs, the founder and chairman of Apple, has sadly passed away.

Jobs, who battled pancreatic cancer for a long time, was 56. He is survived by his wife Laurene and four children.He was the visionary behind the Mac, iPhone, iPad and countless other devices. Jobs was also a co-founder of the company Pixar.

Apple released the following statement: “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.”

And rival Bill Gates said, “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 honor. I will miss Steve immensely.”

Jobs’ family said, “Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family. In his public life, Steve was known as 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 years of Steve’s illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories.”

Their statement concluded, “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.”

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