Steve Jobs, Co-Founder of Apple, Dead at 56

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Young Steve Jobs – Image credit: Sigalakos

Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, has died at age 56 in California. Steven P. Jobs, who started Apple in 1976 with Stephen Wozniak,  resigned as CEO in August, due to his ongoing battle with pancreatic cancer, but planned to remain involved with the company. He lived in Silicon Valley, and according to Apple, he died today, 5 October, in California. An internal email notified Apple employees as follows:

Team,

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.

We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email [email protected]

No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.

Apple’s general site announcement is here.

If you would like to share your thoughts, memories, and condolences, please email [email protected]

Remembering Steve Jobs:

Steve Jobs holding a MacBook Air in 2008. Image by Matthew Yohe

How much of today’s pop-culture owes thanks to Steve Jobs?

  • Toy Story and other computer-animation classics (He served as Chief Executive at Pixar Studios)
  • Media (iPod)
  • Personal Computing (Everything Mac, and the iPad, but don’t forget the computer in every grade-school lab back in the 80’s, the Apple 2e)
  • Cell-phones (iPhone)

What do you think is his most important contribution? Comment below.

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