One of the innovators in the technology sector has passed away. Apple’s Steve Jobs lost his fight with cancer at the age of 56.
Jobs died “peacefully,” surrounded by family members, his family said in a statement.
Neither Jobs’ family nor Apple revealed where he died or from what cause, though in recent years Jobs had fought a form of pancreatic cancer and had a liver transplant.
“We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today,” read a statement by Apple’s board of directors. “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.”
As Jobs’ death was announced, the homepage of Apple’s website switched to a full-page image of Jobs with the text, “Steve Jobs 1955-2011.”
Clicking on the image revealed additional text that was credited to current Apple CEO Tim Cook in a separate memo to Apple employees.
“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being,” the text read. “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.”
Reaction to Jobs’ passing has been far and wide across the world.