Steve Jobs Dies at Age 56: 1955-2011

Oct 5, 2011 - 40 Comments

Steve Jobs

Unbelievably sad and terrible news to report: legendary Apple leader and tech visionary Steve Jobs has died. The following statement has been issued by the Apple Board of Directors:

We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.

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.

Apple has put up a short and touching note on their website as well as the image up top, the note says the following:

Steve Jobs: 1955-2011

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.

If you would like to share your thoughts, memories, and condolences, please email rememberingsteve@apple.com

The family of Steve Jobs’ has since released the following statement:

Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family.

In his public life, Steve was known as a 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 year of Steve’s illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories.

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.

Apple CEO Tim Cook sent out the following email to Apple employees:

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 rememberingsteve@apple.com.

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.

Tim

There’s been an outpouring of words, here are a few notable citations from various industry leaders, competitors, and friends of Steve:

Bill Gates:

I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work.

Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.

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.

Google CEO Larry Page:

I am very, very sad to hear the news about Steve. He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance. He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it. His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me. He was very kind to reach out to me as I became CEO of Google and spend time offering his advice and knowledge even though he was not at all well. My thoughts and Google’s are with his family and the whole Apple family.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg:

Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg:

Tonight, America lost a genius who will be remembered with Edison and Einstein, and whose ideas will shape the world for generations to come.

US President Obama:

Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.

By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.

The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.

We’re all at a loss for words. Thank you Steve for everything, rest in peace.

Apple

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  1. Noooooo says:

    The world just lost a hero. RIP Steve.

    :`(

  2. ER Joker says:

    I can’t believe it. Rest in peace, Steve.

  3. :( says:

    Loss of words, RIP.

  4. James says:

    This man had a profound impact on humanity, far beyond any gadgets or computers. He will be truly missed.

  5. Jack Mangan says:

    Am I the only person who ‘teared up a bit’? RIP Steve, you have made my life tolerable with things that work.

    • Carsan07 says:

      You weren’t the only one. This visionary man has touched each and every one of us. The world has lost a Genius, an Innovator and a man with a dream.

  6. U.N. Owen says:

    Steve left when he knew it was time. He wanted to spend his remaining time with loved ones, not worrying about business.

    Right now, I wish his family condolences, and to Apple, he lives on -every day, through the ‘baby’ he grew, and nurtured.

    Thanks, Mr. Jobs; I never knew you personally, but you’ve touched my life, and so many others.

    Rest. 

    U.N. Owen
    NYC

  7. jman722 says:

    Wait, so this actually happened?

  8. Shravan says:

    @jack no you are not… I teared up to… The man gave us a lot and is an inspiration… RIP Steve

  9. AJ says:

    tremendous sadness

  10. Austin says:

    Best of luck to Apple Inc., and rip Steve Jobs.

  11. karl says:

    The world lost a great man today. Rest in peach, Steve. God will be happy when you bring iPhone to heaven.

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  14. Pakdoz says:

    No words from CEO Samsung? I wonder what will they say.

    Anyway, R.I.P Steve, thank you for technology and art you have brought to me.

  15. Dr Hicks says:

    iSad

    I actually teared up,

    Thank you for the last 30 years Steve, it’s been absolutely amazing.

    I’m gonna watch some SteveNotes tonight :-)

  16. Rhonda Shimokawa says:

    Steve,
    You made the world a better place for people to live.Let’s hope
    Wherever you are you can know that.Rest in peace!
    The world will miss you.
    Rhonda Shimokawa

  17. Gary Shimokawa says:

    This is a sad day. The world has has
    Lost a very special man who has made
    All of our lives more exciting.
    You will be missed and remembered
    Forever.
    Gary Shimokawa

  18. Rohan says:

    People like him never die they just go offline.

    Their teaching and innovation continues to inovate people around the world they stay in heart of every.

  19. Rohan says:

    People like him never die they just go offline.

    Their teaching and innovation continues to inovate people around the world they stay in heart of every one.

  20. Mo_Ta says:

    steve…kau adalah pencetus awal yang luar biasa bagi seluruh user apple di dunia…

    dan saya berharap kau tenang disana…
    amiinn

    good bye
    steve…

  21. your site says:

    a helluva guy, i actually miss the guy even though i never met him directly

  22. duds says:

    You made computing fun and elegant. RIP Steve.

  23. Steve Ballmer says:

    Steve you’re the best and the greatest. We thank you for everything you’ve done to push the computing envelope forward.

  24. Eric Bury says:

    A very sad day for all of us, nothing will never be the same.

  25. Tommy Peters says:

    Months ago I posted that – not unlike celebrities who passed and caused an industry surge in their after-life, Jobs demise will bring the roof down literally. Production will ramp up just before he passes and as shares surge, stores will be at breaking point the day he goes. Given he has managed to keep his succession plan under wraps underscores that the artist he is, is fully aware of the mechanism that drives a full blown cult.

  26. cga says:

    Dear Steve,

    now that you rejoiced your soul with the Universe I want to thank you for what you did in your temporary passage in this reality.

    You have been a visionary always capable to push it where everyone else was struggling to see and to understand.

    Take Care

    cga

  27. Tim says:

    Long live APPLE RIP STEVE JOBS

  28. Carren Ziuna says:

    The Apple co-founder Steve Jobs sudden demise causes a deep void in the field of modern innovative technology which appears difficult to be filled, and he will continue to live in people’s memory with having digitally so enabled them as to make lives and ideas more intimately communicable. With products like I phone and I-pod, it was jobs who had transformed the personal computer device into being really a multi-media technological miracle, encompassing the fields of voice communication, entertainment and visual treat, blurring the dividing lines of actual mundane life and virtual reality. May God bless his soul a serine peace.

  29. Jens says:

    Thank You Apple for the iPhone 4S – For Steve! Humanity has been challenged by Steve Jobs to move forward, to move better, to think beyond the box! Thank you Steve Jobs!

  30. Bill says:

    Somehow since I read this news, I hate to touch computer or iPhone or iPad…
    It’s like the Soul is missing in everything, it’s not explainable but …..

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  32. CDN-STIG says:

    Steve you defiantly left the world a better place

  33. Gustavo Zamorano S. says:

    Since Adam and Eve times, an apple changed history…

  34. Anthony J says:

    Great loss. Thank you Steve for all your work. Incomparable genius, peerless showmanship. RIP.

  35. melisa suarez says:

    now that you are gone, we may chat to God??? cause you are with Him

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