Apple co-founder Jobs passes at 56
"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," the statement read.
Jobs will be remembered for his passion for compelling product design. Although not an engineer, his design sense helped spark personal computing with the original Apple microcomputers. Later he lead a renaissance at Apple with the designs of the iPod, iPhone and iPad that helped define the markets for MP3 players, smartphones and tablets, respectively.
Jobs struggled in recent years with pancreatic cancer, taking a medical leave and eventually stepping down from his CEO role earlier this year.
Tim Cook, Apple’s recently named chief executive, invited current and former employees to share "thoughts, memories and condolences" at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being," said Cook in a statement. "Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor," he said.
"Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple," Cook said. "We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much," he added.