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Sad news today, as former Apple CEO Steve Jobs is dead at 56 after several years of poor health. Apple confirmed the news on its official website, removing all of the content that was on its home page and leaving only the image you see above. The company also left a short message about Jobs's passing which you can find below:

"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.”

Apple asks that anyone that would like to share thoughts, memories, or condolences send a message to rememberingsteve@apple.com. This news is deeply saddening no matter who you are or what you think of Apple and its products. Steve Jobs not only left a lasting impact on mobile, but the entire world of technology. Below is an email from CEO Tim Cook sent to all Apple employees followed by a statement from Apple's board of directors.

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

Statement by Apple’s 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.

Via Apple


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Terry Oakes lose a legend
Raven Lotz I am honestly worried for Apple. He was the brains behind Apple, and they failed once without him and I'm pretty sure they will fail again. He returned prototypes that he caught flaws on that no one else saw. I personally think that's why the ball has been dropping at Apple and the Iphone 5 was released. Steve was too sick to help them with anything. I do think he had something to do with Siri though. But very sad day and terrible to lose someone as awesome at only 56 :(
Terry W Williams Jr You will be truly missed Steve
Luchian Hristov Rest In Peace Mr. Jobs today another great person gone. :(
Alfonso Dingo Torres My Tribtue To Him (http://youtu.be/j_7bF5KTL8Y)
Danu Carrión Perales Still not buying iphone 4S
Memo Mrtr Un gran heroe , descansa en paz y que estes en la Gloria de Dios.
Ally Cat May he rest in peace.......
Kevin Joel Lol @ zakari ghachi. I didn't care for the dude, but he was a great PR for apple
Fan OfDreaming I can't believe it :-(
Szakács Márk @ Zakari: i'm rofl :D but you shoud give the dead some respect
Zakari Ghachi Steve is officially the first user of iCloud
John Zanatta I tried his products and they weren't for me, but I can't deny how I have benefitted from him pushing the envelope and raising the performance expectation for everyone else. Safe journeys!
Too Late Gabe I'll miss you ya big old genius, you. My mom died of the same cancer almost 6 years ago to the day. FUCK YOU CANCER. RIP Steve... I'm using your inventions on a daily basis and always will.
Randy Galvan Wow...rip
Teron Facey Love him or hate him he was great business man. There will not be another visionary like him.
Yari Balbuena R.I.P Steve.
Szakács Márk I hate apple but rest in peace Steve
Henrick Rawlins This is incredible. Iphone 4S have been announced recently & now Stevie is gone. I´m not an Apple fanboy, but this is a big lost for the industry.
Jose Chairez R.I.P Steve... Thanks 4 everything
Shawn Harlow RIP Steve
Min Kim He resigned right before his death. His great dedication to the industry won't be ever forgotten. Rest in peace.
Edwin Rodriguez Apple definitely BETTER do something in his memory. He did so much for that company. Sad news. God bless
Ciroc Rufai D tech world will neva 4get u....R I P
Ruben Rivera R.I.P Steve Jobs we will never forget you and what you gave to the world...
Robert Gomez he changed the world one phone at a time... proud to say i am typing this thru my MACBOOK .. a product he helped create
Omar Dee Ploomay Andy Rocio you should be respectful.
Kevin Huang R.I.P Steve, thank you very much
Maryck Brown thatssad
Jason Patterson Instead of mourning a loss celbrate a great man whose innovations have contributed to the the advancements of consumer technology today ...Farewell for now Mr. Jobs
Andy Rocio Steve jobs took the iPhone 5 with him to the grave. Sorry everyone now you have to wait 2 years for iPhone 6.
Cristian Tomasito Hope they don't sue for death, though wouldn't put it pass me
Andy Rocio Rip Steve jobs
Adam Cuong Tran I dont like Apple as a company but nobody deserve to die, especially from cancer...RIP..
Jason Tate Day after the event:/ RIP
Mohammed Abdulmajeed 'has passed away' would be more tactful
Anthony Mcfarland I hate apple with a Passion but the man changed the world rest in peace Mr jobs........thank you
Craig Inglis Ding dong apple is dead pmsl
Giovanni Sanchez He had just barely retired
Hansel Starley On my Birthday out of all days, I'm so sad.
Nikko A. Cayetano RIP Steve Jobs a legend in technology a legend for Apple a legend for innovation in modern techonology...RIP Steve Jobs....:'(
Noneya Biz iPhone user: "Siri... bring Steve Jobs back..." Siri: You're f*cking joking, right?
Jozef Sakac RIP Steve father of Apple and modern day tech.
Abraham Chavez Why do u guys like it!!?? That's not sumthing to like!!! R.I.P Steve!!
Joel Moran RIP Mr.Jobs,the world has lost a legend.
Imran Haque Rest in peace.
Bryan Dotman Very sad news.
Jennifer Nunn Lol Toci
Noneya Biz iPhone user: "Siri... bring Steve Jobs back..." Siri: You're f*cking joking, right?
Josue Galan RIP Steve Jobs love him or hate him, he changed technology as we see it today and brought back Apple from the bankruptcy in the 90s
David Pollard no me gusta.




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