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Oct 6, 2011

Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs Dies at the Age of 56

Apple has announced the death of co-founder Steve Jobs. The news first broke earlier today that he finally had succumbed to his pancreatic cancer.

His death comes only one day after the new iPhone 4s was introduced. Before the 4S, Jobs had handled every single media event and keynote.

"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," Apple CEO Tim Cook stated in an email to employees.

His keynotes were always entertaining and Jobs had the uncanny ability to energize a crowd with his charisma and enthusiasm. Also, his traditional “one more thing” line will forever be remembered, as he would often release the best new features after it.

Jobs was unlike any other CEO of any major company. He was a hands-on leader that propelled Apple to where it is today. In fact, Apple is currently the largest company in the world, in terms of market cap. Jobs leaves behind well over 300 patents that are credited to his name.

Jobs is arguably the most known face to the tech world, even surpassing Bill Gates and Michael Dell. Forbes named him CEO of the Decade in 2009 and he has been often compared to other business visionaries like Walt Disney and Henry Ford.

The family released a statement late Wednesday evening,

“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.”